England suffer Anthony Watson blow ahead of autumn international campaign

Anthony Watson suffered an ACL rupture
Anthony Watson suffered an ACL rupture

England have been dealt another blow ahead of their autumn international campaign with Bath winger Anthony Watson sidelined with an injury.

The 27-year-old suffered an ACL rupture during Bath's latest round of the Gallagher Premiership fixture against Saracens last weekend and is set to consult a specialist to assess the extent of damage.

Bath director of rugby Stuart Hooper expressed disappointment over the news on Watson.

“We are all feeling Anthony’s disappointment right now,” said Hooper to Bath's official website.

“He is a remarkable athlete who will put as much work into his rehabilitation as he does into his on-field performance. We know Anthony will come back stronger from this and we will support him every step of the way.”

Earlier, Exeter Chiefs' Luke Cowan-Dickie was withdrawn from England's training squad after he suffered an ankle injury during the Premiership game against Wasps following which Eddie Jones recalled Jamie George into the squad.

England will be facing Tonga, Australia and South Africa in the autumn international series on 6th, 13th and 20th November respectively.