Brad Shields In Race To Be Fit For World Cup
England coach John Mitchell has confirmed that flanker Brad Shields will be absent for up to six weeks, meaning that he is a doubt for their World Cup opener.
The New Zealand-born forward injured his foot during the Red Rose’s training camp in Treviso and the 28-year-old is now likely to miss all of their warm-up games.
“Brad has got a tear in the lower foot,” assistant coach Mitchell told reporters. “It’s always a little bit niggly – and it’s four to six weeks for him – but we will continue to appraise his recovery and see where he gets to.”
Alex Dombrandt was called up as a replacement in the 38-man squad, while Chris Robshaw is a high-profile absentee that is waiting in the wings, but Shields appears a certainty to be selected if fit for the global tournament.
Mitchell said: “(Head coach) Eddie (Jones) will decide, obviously we’ve got a deadline and that’s important but Eddie will decide on who’s right and who’s not right. There’s plenty of time to go and there are no major concerns.”