Billy Vunipola: Saracens without star No8 until late November after knee injury sustained in Harlequins derby

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Billy Vunipola was injured playing for Saracens against rivals Harlequins  (Getty Images)
Billy Vunipola was injured playing for Saracens against rivals Harlequins (Getty Images)

Saracens will be without Billy Vunipola until late November due to a knee injury picked up in Sunday’s win over Harlequins at The Stoop. 

Vunipola underwent a scan after leaving the field in the final minutes of the 29-22 victory over the champions, with Saracens announcing a “positive” update on Tuesday morning. 

“He suffered a minor ligament injury, however it is expected that he will return to action in late November,” read a statement from the club.

The injury would also rule Vunipola out of a late recall to the England squad for the Autumn Nations series, which starts at Twickenham against Tonga – for whom his father FeÊ»ao appeared 34 times – on Saturday.

Vunipola and brother Mako were among the high-profile casualties of a new-look England squad, with Eddie Jones selecting Quins’ Alex Dombrandt, Exeter’s Sam Simmonds and Newcastle’s Callum Chick as his options at No8, where Tom Curry could also line up. 

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