Marler injury adds to England’s woes ahead of Six Nations

LONDON (AP) England’s pack has been hit with another injury setback ahead of the Six Nations after prop Joe Marler was ruled out for at least a month with a broken left leg.

Marler’s club, Harlequins, says the player is expected to return in ”four to five weeks,” a prognosis that could mean he misses England’s games against France and Wales in the first two rounds.

Fellow prop Mako Vunipola is a big fitness doubt with a knee injury, while back-row forwards Billy Vunipola and Chris Robshaw will play no part in the tournament.

England is on a 14-match winning run heading into its defense of the Six Nations title. The tournament starts on Feb. 4.