Owen Farrell’s injury return stalls as concussion protocols rule out Saracens England captain vs Sale in Premiership | Rugby Union News


England captain Owen Farrell suffered successive injuries to each ankle in November and January, causing him to miss the entire 2022 Six Nations; He returned for Saracens against Bristol last week but left for an HIA; He was not included for Friday’s clash of Sarries against Sale Sharks

Last update: 03/31/22 1:47 p.m.

Owen Farrell returned from injury after four months out last week but will miss Saracens game on Friday

Owen Farrell’s comeback from repeated ankle injuries has stalled due to concussion stemming from Saracens’ Gallagher Premiership victory over Bristol.

Farrell was substituted in the 71st minute of the clash in north London on Saturday after leaving for an HIA, which he completed.

However, the England playmaker still followed return-to-play protocols this week and was not chosen for Friday’s visit to Sale.

It’s another blow for the 30-year-old, who was returning after four months out with injuries to each ankle, the first of which was suffered during England’s autumn campaign.

Farrell first injured his ankle while playing for England in November, before injuring his other ankle in training in January

Farrell first injured his ankle while playing for England in November, before injuring his other ankle in training in January

He was set to return for Saracens in January, aiming to prove his fitness in time for the Six Nations, only to damage the same joint in his other leg during training.

Farrell’s 12-point run was key to securing a 27-23 victory over Bristol at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, although he also produced the kind of controversial tackle that has littered his career.

The veteran of three Lions tours can ill afford further setbacks as he battles to reclaim a place in the England midfield, as well as the captaincy role which has been filled by Courtney Lawes and Tom Curry in his absence.

Injuries meant the England skipper missed the entire 2022 Six Nations

Injuries meant the England skipper missed the entire 2022 Six Nations

Sale boss Alex Sanderson, who coached Farrell at Saracens, believes he will be a big loss for Friday’s clash.

“Owen’s ability to pick up momentum through respect and his ability to communicate what is needed is second to none. What he does on the pitch, in and around it, elevates everything the world,” Sanderson said.

Tuilagi returns to sale

Manu Tuilagi will make his final return from injury as a substitute in Friday’s game when Sale host Saracens at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Tuilagi was chosen inside the center to face Wales in the third round of the Guinness Six Nations in England on February 26, only to be withdrawn hours later with a hamstring injury.

Manu Tuilagi will make his final injury return to Sale on Friday off the bench

Manu Tuilagi will make his final injury return to Sale on Friday off the bench

It was to be his first international appearance since the autumn, when he damaged the same hamstring in a try against South Africa and has not played since.

Eddie Jones called up the powerful center in their Six Nations squad after completing just 81 minutes of rugby for Sale, who director of rugby Sanderson believes was dismissed too soon.

It was the demands of training in England that caused the latest setback in an injury-plagued career, but the Sharks will hope he will now stay fit as they seek to reach the final stages of the Premiership and the Heineken Champions Cup.

Tuilagi’s destructive carry into midfield was missed by club and country, with Jones so far unable to find an alternative capable of putting the team to the fore by force.




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