England boss Stuart Lancaster on Freddie Burns knee injury
FREDDIE Burns' knee injury should only sideline him for two weeks – just as Gloucester boss Nigel Davies expected.
England boss Stuart Lancaster has confirmed that Burns will miss the Six Nations kick-off, against Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday, February 2.
But the 22-year-old fly-half should still be fit for the majority of the tournament, as his left knee medial ligament damage is not serious.
Burns limped out of Saturday's 36-16 Mont de Marsan victory after 12 minutes, with rugby director Davies hoping afterwards the knee knock would only be a recurrence of a pre-season complaint.
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That is how it has proved, leaving England and Gloucester bosses relieved.
Lancaster explained: "Burns' knee injury is nowhere near as bad as it could have been, and that's very positive.
"He'll miss a couple of weeks but no more than that."
Gloucester's forwards coach Carl Hogg said the news on Burns is a boost.
Hogg added: "It's great news on Freddie, I'm sure he'll be as relieved as anyone."