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Moody To Miss England Opener

Captain to be given as much time as possible to prove fitness

Posted Sep 07, 2011 by Chris White

Moody will captain the side once he proves his fitness

England were dealt a blow in the build-up to their World Cup opener against Argentina on Saturday with the news that skipper Lewis Moody will miss the tie through injury.

The flanker has failed to recover from a lingering knee injury in time for the match in Dunedin, but coach Martin Johnson feels he will have his captain back in time to play some part in the tournament, insisting it is nothing more than a “delay” as opposed to a setback in his recovery.

Moody was almost back to full fitness following the injury that sidelined him for the whole of England’s victorious Six Nations campaign but was forced off in the warm-up game against Wales at Twickenham in early August.

Mike Tindall, who lead the side in Moody’s absence back in the northern hemisphere, is likely to do so again against the Pumas.

Johnson seemed to be confident that Moody would be taking part at some stage of what he hopes will be a long tournament for England and said that his captain had warmed up with his team mates and then trained on his own away from the rest of the side on the same morning that he broke the news to the media.

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