Saracens and England forward Billy Vunipola suffered fractured arm on Saturday

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England have suffered a serious injury blow ahead of the Six Nations after it was confirmed that Billy Vunipola has fractured his forearm.

It is desperate news for England, with Nathan Hughes also unavailable for at least the first three matches of the Six Nations with a knee injury, and similarly deflating for Vunipola, who was making only his second appearance following almost four months on the sidelines due to a knee injury that required surgery.

The 25-year-old picked up the injury in his club side's 15-15 draw with Ospreys in the European Champions Cup on Saturday evening, forcing him to make way midway through the match.

Saracens have confirmed that the England global is facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines, however, effectively ruling him out of the Six Nations, which begins in less than three weeks' time.

X-rays confirmed the latest injury and Vunipola is set to see a specialist this week to confirm how long he will be out of action - initial suggestions are he could be out for 10 weeks. "Saracens will issue a further statement once Billy has seen a specialist". He also missed the British & Irish Lions tour last summer due to a shoulder injury and has started just once for England since the autumn of 2016, having missed the first three matches of the 2017 Six Nations with a knee injury.