England and Saracens back row Billy Vunipola suffers further injury scare
England and Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola has sustained a hamstring injury ahead of Saracens final Aviva Premiership game of the season.
Vunipola had played just one match, against London Irish on Sunday, since coming back from a broken arm and the latest setback lengthens the list of injuries he has sustained in the last three years.
Long-term shoulder and knee problems has kept Vunipola out of England duty for over a year.
Saracens head coach Mark McCall has confirmed that Vunipola will miss Saturday’s match against Gloucester, but he hopes that the 25-year-old will be available for the Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final against Newcastle or Wasps.
“[The hamstring] hasn’t been pulled or anything as far as I know,” McCall told BBC Sport.
“There are two and a half weeks until the semi-final, so all things considered it’s probably best he doesn’t play this weekend. If anyone has a hamstring tightness on Wednesday, it wouldn’t be the most sensible thing to play him [on Saturday].
“Maybe having not played rugby for a long time, these kind of things can happen quite easily.”
The latest injury has cast doubt on whether Vunipola will be fit for England’s tour of South Africa this summer.