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England flanker Sam Underhill will miss the Six Nations after undergoing an ankle operation.
Underhill's club Bath have confirmed the 22-year-old will be out of action for up to three months.
Underhill suffered damaged ankle ligaments during Bath's victory against Leicester on December 30.
It was initially thought Underhill had merely rolled his ankle but after seeing a specialist it was decided he needed an operation, ruling him out until mid-April.
The news comes as a blow to England head coach Eddie Jones following Underhill's impressive displays in the Autumn internationals.
England kick off their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, February 2.
Their final match is against Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday, March 16.
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England wing Anthony Watson is one of four players to have agreed contract extensions with Bath.
Second rows Charlie Ewels and Elliott Stooke and prop Nathan Catt have also signed new terms with the Gallagher Premiership club, but it is Watson who is the key member of the quartet to be retained.
The 24-year-old British and Irish Lions wing, who can also play full-back, is in his fifth season at the Recreation Ground.
An automatic selection by Eddie Jones when fit, his England career has stalled this year due to repeat Achilles surgery and he is not expected to make his comeback until the midway stage of the Six Nations.
"Anthony is a role model to our players with his work ethic and commitment to the club," Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder said.
"He's currently out with an Achilles injury but that has not stopped him working tirelessly with our medical team to ensure he gets back to the field performing at the levels he expects of himself asap."
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