Pocock’s Wallabies return delayed

World Rugby

London – Australia flanker David Pocock will miss Saturday's match against England at Twickenham, team management said Tuesday.

The world-class back-row forward had been due to return to action this weekend following knee ligament damage. But a scan on Monday confirmed Pocock had suffered a calf strain which ruled him out of the Cook Cup clash.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: David Pocock warms up during an Australian Wallabies training session at Leichhardt Oval on July 26, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Australia will also be without lock Kane Douglas, who suffered a knee injury in last Saturday's 33-6 defeat by France in Paris.

The tourists could lose another second row if Rob Simmons is banned by a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday after being cited for a dangerous tip tackle during the France match.

Douglas has had a highly eventful tour. He played against France despite the news his mother, Trish, had been taken ill on the flight over from Australia on Friday.

While still in a London hospital, Mrs Douglas is listed as being in a comfortable condition.

Both Pocock and Douglas will have their injuries re-assessed next week when the squad has arrived in Italy ahead of the third match of the Wallabies' tour, against the Azzurri in Florence. – Sapa-AFP

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