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Gloucester Rugby: Twelvetrees injury gives England a summer headache

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

By Mike Brown @citizen_rugby

  • Billy Twelvetrees suffered an ankle injury in Saturday's victory

  • Shane Monahan

BILLY Twelvetrees has given England an injury worry after limping out of Gloucester’s bonus-point victory over London Irish.

The centre hurt his ankle early in the first-half of the Kingsholm try-fest and will be sent for scans in the next 48 hours.

It is not yet known how serious the injury is but Twelvetrees was on crutches following the match.

He is set to miss Gloucester’s final game of the season against Worcester Warriors and is now a major concern ahead of England’s summer tour of New Zealand.

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Nigel Davies said: “It’s an ankle problem but with all of these things it’s very difficult to give a formal assessment.

“We will monitor the situation over the next 48-hours and in that period we will have a scan to determine the amount of damage.

“It’s not great for him but until we have a clearer picture we can’t say how serious it is.

“We all know how committed Billy is as a player and for him to come off , especially in this game with a lot of emotion going on, says a lot but we will have to wait and see.”

Charlie Sharples also hobbled off in the first-half, after sustaining a dead-leg, and while Davies insists it is nothing concerning, the wing is also a doubt for next weekends match at Sixways.

Davies said: “He picked up a dead leg early in the game and it just proved too much for him to continue. That’s not too serious but a haematoma can keep you out for a couple of weeks.”

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