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Armitage out as Johnson sets squad date

15 September 2009

  • Johnson to name Investec Challenge Autumn Series squad on October 26
  • Medical teams expect lengthy lay-off for Armitage
Delon Armitage (R) the England fullback talks to Martin Johnson, the England manager

Photo: Getty Images

England Team Manager Martin Johnson will name his on October 26, but is likely to be without the injured Delon Armitage.

The London Irish full back had his left shoulder injury examined by a specialist today and it was agreed with the London Irish and England medical teams that he would have an arthroscopy next Monday with a view to having an operation the same day.

Until the arthroscopy procedure and the operation has been completed the exact period of time that Delon will be unavailable for his club and England cannot be confirmed but it is expected that it will be for up to 12 weeks.

Armitage joined centre Riki Flutey on the injury list last week after damaging his shoulder in London Irish’s 40-10 win over Gloucester. Flutey is also sidelined with a shoulder injury and likely to miss the upcoming matches against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

England Team Manager Martin Johnson said “Riki and Delon both had excellent international seasons last year and I wish them well with their recovery.

“The England Senior EPS players will meet again on October 25 and a squad will be announced the following day after round six of the Guinness Premiership.”