Hartley facing battle to be fit for Six Nations after Northampton remove hooker from training

Dylan Hartley facing battle to be fit for Six Nations after Northampton remove England hooker from training

    • The 32-year-old has not played in last two Northampton matches 

 

    • Director of rugby Chris Boyd described the injury as a ‘grumbly’ knee

 

  • Eddie Jones picks his squad on January 17 before Ireland match on February 2

Dylan Hartley may not play before England’s Six Nations opener against Ireland as he struggles with a knee injury.

The Northampton hooker, 32, is out with what his director of rugby Chris Boyd described as a ‘grumbly’ knee.

While the New Zealander does not know the extent of the injury, he is being managed closely.

Dylan Hartley has not played in last two Northampton matches just a month before Six Nations

Dylan Hartley has not played in last two Northampton matches just a month before Six Nations

Eddie Jones picks his squad on January 17 before the Ireland match on February 2

Eddie Jones picks his squad on January 17 before the Ireland match on February 2

‘He might not play again for the club before going into England camp,’ said Boyd. ‘We’ve removed him from training, he’s doing his own thing.

‘I know he’s been working incredibly hard, doing two or three sessions a day. Apart from that grumbly knee he’s actually in pretty good nick.

‘It’s not ligament, maybe grumbly means he’s got some meniscus issue or it might just be wear and tear. I would have thought he would make the Six Nations but those grumbly knees can keep grumbling.

‘James Haskell’s ankle was exactly the same. He chose the surgical route. Dylan’s chosen the rehab route.’

Eddie Jones picks his England squad on January 17 before the Ireland match in Dublin on February 2.

Article source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-6563109/Hartley-facing-battle-fit-Six-Nations-Northampton-remove-hooker-training.html

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