MARO ITOJE has suffered a broken jaw and could be a doubt for the start of England’s Six Nations campaign.
The England and British and Irish Lions lock was injured in a collision with Mike Brown as Saracens lost out 20-19 to Harlequins in Sunday’s Premiership clash at The Stoop.
Saracens confirmed Itoje has a fractured jaw and the 23-year-old will undergo further testing to determine his recovery period.
England launch their Six Nations title defence against Italy in Rome on February 4, leaving Itoje two months to be fit to contest selection for Eddie Jones’s side.
His injury is another blow to Saracens, who suffered their fourth league defeat of the campaign in going down to fierce rivals Harlequins.
The second row will also miss Saracens’ forthcoming European Champions Cup clashes, with the double reigning champions next facing French side Clermont in back-to-back fixtures.
Itoje was nominated for World Rugby’s world player of the year for 2017, after a stunning calendar year that comprised England’s Six Nations win, Saracens’ second European triumph and the Lions’ drawn series with world champions New Zealand.
But he left The Stoop field clutching his face immediately after his clash with England teammate Brown on Sunday, and was sent straight to hospital for treatment.