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

England is on a 14-match winning run heading into its defense of the Six Nations title.

England is on a 14-match winning run heading into its defense of the Six Nations title. (Photo: John Kirkpatrick/photosportnz)

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.

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