Hooker out of England action

Hooker out of England action

England will be without Luke Cowan-Dickie for the autumn internationals after it was confirmed he has suffered a serious ankle injury.

The 23-year-old, who came off the bench in two of the Red Rose's three Test wins over Australia in the summer, picked up the problem playing for Exeter in Sunday's 35-8 European Champions Cup defeat to Clermont Auvergne.

Cowan-Dickie will now see a specialist in order to assess whether or not he needs surgery, with Chiefs boss Rob Baxter confirming the hooker is set for a spell on the sidelines.

"It's relatively serious," Baxter told BBC Sport. "There's no fracture but it does look like a badly sprained ankle with some ligament damage so we're not going to be seeing him in the next few weeks.

"Luke's been playing really well and he's been a high-tempo, high-work rate player for us with great physicality in attack and defence.

"The bigger blow is for him personally as when you're on form when you're a young hooker you want to keep on going, and he's been involved in some big games for us."

The front-rower joins a growing list of frontline players currently on the sidelines for the Chiefs, with Jack Nowell, Phil Dollman, Dave Ewers, Don Armand and Matt Jess all unavailable due to injury.


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