Six Nations
Burrell boost as England suffer injury setbacks
Tom Hamilton
March 9, 2015
Luther Burrell will take part in training on Tuesday after recovering from his calf strain © Getty Images

England will be without Brad Barritt, Tom Croft and Henry Thomas for the rest of the Six Nations but Luther Burrell looks set to be fit in time for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland.

Barritt, Croft and Thomas all picked up injuries in what was a bruising weekend for England. Barritt picked up a "high ankle sprain" and will miss England's last two games against Scotland and France.

The news will come as a blow for both Barritt and England as reports at the weekend suggested he was going to be in the selection mix for Saturday's match. With Barritt out, Henry Slade comes into the squad.

The news is better for Burrell, though, and he will take part in training on Tuesday after recovering from his calf strain. Fullback Mike Brown is also fully fit after completing the return-to-play protocols after his knock to the head against Italy.

In the forwards, tight-head Thomas did his AC joint against Sale and will miss the rest of the championship but England have Kieran Brookes available after he missed their trip to Ireland through injury.

For Croft, he dislocated his shoulder against Newcastle while on Leicester duty. He was on the bench for England's three Six Nations matches to date but his misfortune gives the fit again Tom Wood the chance to play a part in Saturday's game.

Stuart Lancaster watched Wood play Gloucester last weekend and also kept an eye on Courtney Lawes and he could yet come into the squad for the Scotland game.

"I was pleased with them [Wood and Lawes against Gloucester]," Lancaster said. "It was good for them to get another game under their belts. Courtney had played the week before, so obviously I'm delighted for him that he's got through that and another good game.

"Tom came through the full 80 as well, so pleased for him. They're very much in the selection mix for this weekend."

Sam Burgess will link up again with England this week with Lancaster's using the absence of a match for his club side Bath next weekend as a chance to give the cross-code convert another taste of the international camp.

Bath team-mate Rob Webber joins him as cover for Tom Youngs who will sit out training on Tuesday as he played on the Sunday at Newcastle.

England training squad:

Forwards: Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints), Nick Easter (Harlequins), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), George Kruis (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (captain, Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Danny Care (Harlequins), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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Tom Hamilton is the Associate Editor of ESPNscrum.

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