Mark Wilson and joe Cokanasiga have emerged as doubts for the beginning of England’s World Cup campaign because of knee problems.
Cokanasiga and Wilson are unable to share in training at the team’s camp at Miyazaki because of the injuries and, based on Eddie Jones, they are currently getting a”miniature”.
Both players were involved in the Evaluation against Italy, Wilson starting at wing Cokanasiga and flanker making a appearance from the bench.
Four days 34, but a question mark hovers above their participation from the Japan 2019 opener against Tonga in Sapporo on September 22 and potentially the second Pool C clash with the USA.
“When men get knocks and niggles they go through a rehabilitation process based on a particular injury,” said defence trainer John Mitchell, who declined to reveal whether the players could recuperate in time.
England will be expected to sweep against Tonga aside, not least after the Pacific Islanders were overrun 92-7 by tournament favourites New Zealand recently.
However, the underdogs have a reputation for their ferocious handling that could keep the medics that are English active in a week’s time.
“The Tongans are a very hard-working folks,” said Mitchell. “They’re obviously very passionate when they do play Tonga.
“They’re representing not only themselves and their family, but also a little island that’s produced a lot of rather good soccer players.
“It is going to be a very special event for them. It is something which will lift them.”
Because joint-second favourites alongside South Africa and hooker Jamie George knows that the culmination of the Jones age has arrived, england input the instalment of the World Cup.
“Eddie’s not giving us too many messages today we are here because the message was drilled into us for the previous four decades,” said George.
“When he came in he explained to us that we’re here to win the World Cup in four years’ time. We’re in that place.
“We’re in a fantastic place to head out and do that. We’ve got a great deal of hard work to do to get there, so we’re not thinking too far ahead”