Eng­land un­likely to call upon a Lion for au­tumn

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Ex­eter wing Jack Now­ell could miss Eng­land’s au­tumn Tests after suf­fer­ing “a cou­ple of frac­tures” around his cheek and eye socket.

Al­though Chiefs boss Rob Bax­ter does not want to put a time-frame on Now­ell’s re­cov­ery at this stage, an ab­sence of any­thing be­tween four and eight weeks is likely.

Now­ell, who has 23 Test caps for Eng­land and toured New Zealand with the Bri­tish & Ir­ish Lions ear­lier this year, was hurt dur­ing Ex­eter’s Premier­ship vic­tory over New­cas­tle last week­end.

“Jack has got a cou­ple of frac­tures around the top of his cheek and his eye socket,” Bax­ter said.

“At this stage, it is look­ing likely he will re­quire an op­er­a­tion to set­tle it down.

“De­pend­ing on when the op­er­a­tion hap­pens, if it is def­i­nitely re­quired, which is look­ing likely, and the sever­ity of the in­jury, that will then de­cide whether there is no way back for the au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als.”

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