Farrell injury blow for Saracens
England fly-half Owen Farrell has been ruled out for a "few weeks" by a leg problem, his club Saracens have announced.
Farrell suffered the injury in last weekend's 36-32 Aviva Premiership victory at London Irish and his absence starts with Saturday's clash with Sale.
England will be hoping their first choice fly-half recovers quickly with their opening match of the autumn against New Zealand taking place in six weeks.
Farrell missed the last Test of the June series against the All Blacks because of a knee problem and returns to the treatment room having started just one match of the new season.
"Owen Farrell has been ruled out of action for the next few weeks after sustaining a leg injury against London Irish," read a Saracens statement.
Farrell was expected to line up opposite Danny Cipriani, a rival for his England jersey, against Sale at Allianz Park.
Should England's worst fears materialise and Farrell is unavailable for all or part of the QBE Series, Cipriani, Freddie Burns and George Ford will be competing to fill the void.