England forward Courtney Lawes may not make it as long as initially thought due to the dislocated thumb he sustained while playing for Northampton.
Phil Dowson, Saints' head coach, suggested that Lawes could be back for the club in this season.
Dowson stated, “The scan showed there was nothing broken, but it was evident that it was an open displacement.”
“He has been stitched with many stitches.
It's still early days, and nothing is broken. He has tendon and ligament damage as well as bits and pieces that could cause him to look a little like Frankenstein's Monster. He's not too serious for such a strange injury.
Lawes, England's captain in the Six Nations during Owen Farrell's absence was hurt in a Challenge Cup defeat by Gloucester.
England's three-Test series with Australia begins on 2 July. Northampton, which has three games remaining in the regular Premiership season, sits fourth on the table.
Dowson stated, “It would be an enormous lift for us to have him back because he is a very skilled player and that assists us.”
Courtney is always ready and able to go when you need him.
“His leadership style doesn't seem subdued or quiet. However, you know that he is a leader who inspires confidence in the people around him.”