Joe Cokanasiga and Mark Wilson have emerged as doubts because of the beginning of England’s World Cup campaign because of knee issues.
Cokanasiga and Wilson are not able to get involved in training in the squad’s camp in Miyazaki because of the injuries and, based on Eddie Jones, they are presently getting a”mini pre-season”.
Both players were included in the last warm-up Test against Italy, Wilson beginning at flanker and wing Cokanasiga making a appearance from the seat.
But a question mark hovers over their involvement in the Japan 2019 opener from Tonga in Sapporo on September 22 and the next Pool C clash with the USA four times.
“When men get knocks and niggles they undergo a rehab process according to a specific injury,” stated defence trainer John Mitchell, who declined to disclose whether the gamers could recuperate in time.
England will be expected to sweep Tonga aside, not least after the Pacific Islanders were overwhelmed New Zealand.
But the underdogs have a reputation for their tackling that could keep the medics active in the time of a week.
“The Tongans are a really hard-working people,” said Mitchell. “They are obviously very passionate if they do play for Tonga.
“They’re representing not only themselves and their family, but also a small island that’s produced a lot of rather good rugby players.
“It is going to be a very special occasion for them. It’s something which will lift them.”
Since joint-second favourites alongside South Africa and hooker Jamie George knows the culmination of the Jones era has arrived, england input the instalment of this World Cup.
“Eddie is not giving us a lot of messages now we are here because the message was drilled into us to the last four years,” explained George.
“When he first came in he said to us that we’re here to win the World Cup in a few years’ time. We are in that place.
“We are in a good position to head out and do this. We’ve got an awful lot of hard work to try to arrive, so we’re not thinking too far ahead.”