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Alfie Barbeary, who was first called up to England ahead of the autumn Nations Cup final against France, was injured in the 26-23 Premiership victory on Sunday at Sale Sharks; England head coach Eddie Jones to name his team for the 2021 Six Nations next month

Last updated: 12/30/20 10:54 am

Wasp whore Alfie Barbeary could be a doubt for the start of the Six Nations campaign in England

Wasp hooker Alfie Barbeary is at least six weeks away with an ankle injury and may need surgery, head coach Lee Blackett said, casting doubt on his availability for the start of the Six Nations campaign in England.

The 20-year-old, who was first called up to England ahead of the autumn Nations Cup final against France, was injured in the 26-23 Premiership victory on Sunday at Sale Sharks.

“Alfie has a syndesmosis injury. It’s not the most serious but it’s not an absolute disaster,” Blackett said.

The initial estimate is that Barbeary will miss six to eight weeks, but that could change depending on whether the specialist thinks he needs an operation.

“If he does, it will take longer than that,” Blackett added.

“But if he doesn’t, it’s probably about the right time. It’s a guessing game until he sees a specialist on Wednesday.”

Barbeary made his breakthrough last season, scoring a try on his Premiership debut from the bench against Worcester Warriors in August, then scoring a hat-trick in his first start, against Leicester Tigers in September.

England head coach Eddie Jones will name his squad for the 2021 Six Nations next month, with the defending champions due to face Scotland in their opener at Twickenham on February 6.





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