England and Bath back three player Anthony Watson is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after re-tearing an Achilles tendon in pre-season.
The 24-year-old initially sustained the injury during England’s Six Nations defeat to Ireland in March, where it was suggested he would be out of action for six months.
However, Watson has suffered a significant setback with Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder admitting that it is a “start again injury.”
As a result, a timeframe on his return is unclear, but the 33-times capped international may miss the rest of the year, making him unavailable for the Red Rose’s November series.
"The initial surgery did not quite take, and he has re-torn it," said Blackadder. "It is a start again injury, so we honestly don't know what the timeline is.
"It could come down to weeks or months, but it could be later in the season, we just don't know."