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England sweat over Flutey injury

25 October 2010 - 09:41 By Sapa-AFP

Flutey had to be helped from the field in the 31st minute and is a doubt for the Twickenham showdown against New Zealand on November 6.

The 30-year-old was a near-certainty to be selected at inside centre by manager Martin Johnson, but Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks confirmed his participation is in doubt.

“Riki’s pretty sore at the moment. It’s an injury to the calf, quite high,” he said.

“He’ll be assessed by England tonight when he goes into camp with them. Hopefully he won’t be out for too long.

“These things can take a day or two before you learn how bad they are, but he was definitely pretty sore.”

England will also asses the fitness of lock Simon Shaw, who withdrew from the Adams Park clash because of an injury sustained in training.

Meanwhile, Joe Simpson, who is competing with Ben Youngs for England’s number nine jersey, incurred a shoulder problem.

“Simon will also be looked at by England tonight. He had a calf strain on Friday,” said Hanks.

“It was innocuous but he wasn’t fit to play. Hopefully it’s not long-term.

“Joe has a sore shoulder. He’s being looked at. It was late in the game but whether or not he could carry on we were going to take him off.”