England's title defence in the upcoming Six Nations 2017 campaign will be without their flanker Chris Robshaw after he has been ruled out for three months due to shoulder injury.
The former England skipper suffered the blow during Harlequins' Aviva Premiership encounter against Worcester Warriors on 1st January and is now set to undergo a surgery.
Robshaw's news has further compounded the problem for England head coach Eddie Jones as Joe Marler, Mako Vunipola and James Haskell are also under doubt while Billy Vunipola is ruled out of the early rounds and captain Dylan Hartley will be heading into the tournament without any match practice after serving a six-week ban for his club.
"Chris Robshaw will undergo surgery on his left shoulder today to repair an injury sustained in the match against Worcester Warriors on New Year's Day," the Harlequins statement added.
"Harlequins will provide relevant updates on his progress as appropriate."
Haskell suffered a head injury while playing for Wasps against Leicester Tigers, restricting his comeback game appearance to just 36 seconds but rugby director Dai Young insisted that the 31-year-old is "totally fine" but might have to undergo return to play protocols.
The other injury concerns for England are George Kruis and Joe Launchbury, who are suffering from a cheekbone fracture and a calf problem respectively but the duo are expected to return to action sooner than later.
England will kick-start their Six Nations tournament with a clash against France on 4th February .