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England´s Johnson out of Six Nations

23 January 2013 15:35

England and Exeter Chiefs flanker Tom Johnson will miss the Six Nations with a knee injury he sustained on Saturday.

Johnson was stretchered off in the first half of Exeter's Heineken Cup loss to Leinster and has now been ruled out of the Six Nations, with England coach Stuart Lancaster announcing the 30-year-old faces a three-month stint on the sidelines.

Speaking at Wednesday's Six Nations launch, Lancaster added that loosehead prop Alex Corbisiero is also struggling with a knee problem and will miss England's games against Scotland and Ireland at the start of the tournament.

"Tom Johnson is probably facing a three-month recovery time," Lancaster said.

"For him it is a tough blow.

"Alex Corbisiero's knee hasn't settled down.

"It keeps swelling after small amounts of exercise.

"There is a loose body in there.

"He has gone in for a scope today to get that loose body taken out and hopefully that will settle down for him.

"We will get him rehabbed and back playing for London Irish.

"That will take him out of the first two games as a minimum."

Fly-half Freddie Burns will also be unavailable for the clash with Scotland on February 2 because of a knee injury, while Lancaster remains unsure whether Manu Tuilagi will recover from an ankle problem in time for that match.

Lancaster has brought Matt Kvesic into the squad as cover for Johnson.

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