England’s Jack Nowell set to miss Australia and Argentina Tests

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England’s autumn international plans are facing further disruption with Exeter’s Jack Nowell the latest player to be forced out through injury. The British & Irish Lions winger is still undergoing checks after he sustained a blow to his left cheek and it is understood he is unlikely to resume playing for at least five weeks, ruling him out of the November Tests against Argentina and Australia.

Nowell, who has scored 11 tries in 31 Tests for England, was hurt in the first half of the Chiefs’ 34-24 win against Newcastle and his left eye remains badly swollen. Scans are still being carried out to determine the full extent of the damage but the 24-year-old Cornishman is a certain non-starter for his club’s opening two European Champions Cup pool games, against Glasgow Warriors and Montpellier this month.

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