England might miss the services of Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell for the upcoming end of the year internationals following a ligament injury.
The 27-year-old played with the injury and helped Rob Baxter's side complete a double of Premiership and European Champions Cup and is now set to undergo a surgery.
"I've ruptured the ligaments around my toe and had to dig deep a little bit. I've not trained at all for two weeks so it's something I have to get fixed and once I've sobered up I'll find out.
"It's been horrendous, it's my big toe so any drive has been painful. I played in the final last week so spent the week trying to get the swelling out of it.
"But I would never have forgiven myself if I hadn't given it a go and it's great to be backed by the coaches."
Exeter director of rugby Baxter lavished praise for Nowell for his commitment.
"He's battled through and done everything he can and you have to give him credit and to do that for the club when the international matches are coming along," he said.
England will face Italy in the final round of the Six Nations on 31st October before kick-starting their campaign in the Autumn Nations Cup on 13th November.