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England sweating the fitness of another loose-head prop just days after losing Mako Vunipola

Wales Online logo Wales Online 14/02/2019 Matthew Southcombe
a man holding a football ball on a field: LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Ellis Genge stretches during the England training session held at Latymer Upper School on February 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) © Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Ellis Genge stretches during the England training session held at Latymer Upper School on February 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England are swearing the fitness of loose-head prop Ellis Genge, just days after star Mako Vunipola was ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations.

News that Vunipola - a two-time British Lion - will be sidelined for 10 weeks with an ankle injury came as a huge blow to Eddie Jones earlier this week.

And now one of the Saracen's England deputies, Genge, has been pulled out of training on the second day of their camp in London.

Genge and Ben Moon are going head-to-head to fill the number one jersey when England arrive in Cardiff for what many are billing as the Championship decider on February 23.

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But Jones faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of problem with Genge, who is also complaining of ankle pain.

"Ellis Genge in training today reported a sore ankle so he was withdrawn from training," forwards coach Steve Borthwick said.

"He reported the ankle so we said 'right stop training, we won't push that'. We don't think there will be any major consequences.

"It's ongoing and it was the right decision to ensure he didn't finish training."

In other injury news, England are yet to officially rule second row Maro Itoje, who is recovering from a knee injury, out of the huge clash with Wales.

"Maro's progressing well each day. He's working exceptionally hard as you'd expect from him," Borthwick said.

"He's doing everything possible he can to recover as quickly as possible. He's on track to be back on the field in the latter part of the tournament. He's healing fast and we'll looking at it on a day by day basis."

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