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Saracens’ Maro Itoje a doubt for Six Nations after suffering broken jaw

• Forward will see specialist after injury during Sunday’s defeat to Harlequins
• Itoje could miss up to 10 weeks, including England’s opener against Italy

Maro Itoje is a doubt for the start of England’s Six Nations campaign after Saracens confirmed he suffered a broken jaw during the club’s defeat by Harlequins last Sunday.

Itoje left the field early in the second half with blood pouring from his mouth and was taken to hospital where scans have revealed a fracture. England begin the defence of their Six Nations title away to Italy on 4 February and the top-end of the recovery time frame for a broken jaw can be up to 10 weeks. Itoje’s England team-mate Anthony Watson spent two months on the sidelines with a similar injury last autumn.

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