Flanker Tom Curry will miss the remainder of England’s autumn series due to an ankle injury sustained in the victory against South Africa, coach Steve Borthwick said on Tuesday.
The Sale Sharks back-rower limped off in the second half of a tense 12-11 win at Twickenham and after having the joint scanned, it was confirmed he will miss the Tests against New Zealand, Japan and Australia this month.
“Tom is not available against New Zealand and has been ruled out of the rest of the series as well,” Borthwick said.
“He’s a fantastic young player and we saw that in the game-time he had against South Africa at the weekend.
“He’s got a fantastic future ahead of him. I know that with his attitude he’ll come back in even better shape than he is now.”
England have otherwise been given a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday’s visit of New Zealand to Twickenham – the first time they have faced the world champions in four years.
Centre Manu Tuilagi will take a full part in training this week after recovering from the minor groin strain that ruled him out against the Springboks.
Forward Courtney Lawes is also available having overcome a back problem that forced him to miss the same match, while there is no concern about the bang to the hip Owen Farrell took on Saturday.
“Everybody else is available for selection. All players took part in training today (Tuesday) so there’s nobody out of it,” Borthwick said.
With Curry unavailable, England are likely to turn to another rookie flanker against the All Blacks in the form of Bath’s Sam Underhill.
“Sam is an excellent player, a really tough defender who hits hard,” Borthwick said.
“He’s in great physical shape and unfortunately had an injury last year that ruled him out when he was going well, but he’s an excellent player,” he added.