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Saracens and England centre Joel Tomkins is facing three months out after he picked up a knee injury while on international duty.
Club director of rugby Mark McCall confirmed the news after his side battled hard to win 16-9 against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.
The victory means McCall’s side kept up their fine start to the season and remain at the top of the Aviva Premiership.
Due to his injury, Tomkins missed the trip to Devon and McCall confirmed that his knee injury will keep him out for a substantial period.
He said: “Joel has got a knee injury, and will be out for quite some time, probably three months. He picked up the injury in the last five minutes of the game against New Zealand and it is a maximum 12-week injury.”
Saracens were also missing England fly-half Owen Farrell for the win and his replacement, Charlie Hodgson, had to leave the field after just two minutes. However, McCall insists that both will be fit for next weekend’s clash against Sale.
“Owen is resting after three busy weeks with England, and he has played a lot for us, with Charlie not being around for the first six weeks, but he will be back for next week,” McCall said.
“Charlie is fine. He got a knock on the head, and you have to be careful these days. You don’t want to take any risks.”