England unlikely to call upon a Lion for autumn
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.”