Tom Curry must race against time to be ready to open England’s Six Nations match against Scotland after suffering a hamstring strain in the Gallagher Premiership Sale victory over Harlequins.
Curry left the pitch in the 16th minute after his right leg was injured in a Wilco Louw tackle and now has doubts about the Scots’ visit to Twickenham on February 4.
“Even when a hamstring injury is at its lowest, it usually lasts two to three weeks,” said Alex Sanderson, Rugby Sales Director.
“Just spoke to Tom and said give it your all for the Six Nations, but keep on being a leader for us for the next two or three weeks.
“He’ll get a scan. He’s walking in circles and now he’s braced. It’s not one of those where he limped off the pitch so fingers crossed he’ll be available against Scotland.
Sale consolidated second place in the Premiership with a 24-16 bonus point win in pouring rain and their lead over third-placed Sale is now 12 points.
“It was pretty solid. I was very happy with the ambition we showed throughout the game and that meant we came away with an extra point. In terms of results, that’s exactly what you want,” Sanderson said.
“There were still a few missed chances, but we’ll take four tries and five points.
“The boys said how much they enjoyed it in the darkness and depths of a really, really wet and muddy winter day. Going through it and loving it is a testament that we’re in a good place.
“You are building faith and we are in the best place to face Toulouse next weekend. We feel good, we’re really tense and we’re playing good rugby.
The Harlequins face two rounds of European action before losing attacking coach Nick Evans to England after Kiwi’s appointment to Steve Borthwick’s staff for the Six Nations.
Evans will return to Twickenham Stoop during the England break weeks and Quins boss Tabai Matson has admitted the rendezvous could become permanent.
“There is always that possibility. But I think it will help us end the rest of the season very strongly,” said Matson.
“We are very excited about Nick. When our attack goes well, he is clearly behind it. And you always love when people advance to higher honors.
“It’s a short-term gig, and during the fallow weeks, the Six Nations will spend some time here keeping an eye on us. We’re not going to use him much because he’s got a very important job in England.
Matson has eased concerns about Quins’ half-year-old Tommy Allan, who left the pitch on a stretcher after lengthy treatment after colliding with Manu Tuilagi.
“Tommy looks pretty good, it was preemptive,” said Matson.