England have been dealt a blow months before the Six Nations after Chris Wade and Marland Yarde were both sidelined with injuries over the past week.
The London Irish wing was particularly impressive in a 20-13 victory over Australia during the autumn internationals before being ruled out through injury for the subsequent Argentina and New Zealand clashes.
The 21-year-old ruptured a hip tendon which is expected to cause him to miss England's opening three games of next spring's tournament, amounting to a step back for Yarde after a string of impressive displays.
Yarde, who is a former Queens Park Rangers youth player, aggravated the injury after returning to Aviva Premiership action last weekend before having to be replaced in the 54th minute of the 20-11 defeat by Leicester Tigers.
Yarde had impressed during the summer tour of Argentina and it prompted England head coach Stuart Lancaster to stick with the London Irish man for the Wallabies clash, but his progress has been cruelly halted.
As if Lancaster needed any more bad news with Tom Croft, Brad Barritt, Manu Tuilagi, Alex Corbisiero, Mako Vunipola and Ben Foden all on the treatment table, Christian Wade was struck by injury on Saturday.
The Wasps wing was forced off in the 76th minute of his side's 19-12 victory over Irish and the England international is expected to undergo a scan on his ankle, threatening his Six Nations chances.
"He went over on his ankle and it is quite swollen and quite sore," Dai Young, Wasps' director of rugby, said. "I couldn't tell you yet how long it is going to be or what he has done until he has had the scan."
It means Chris Ashton, who has struggle for form at international level, and David Strettle will be among the favourites to start on the wing for the Six Nations.
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