Could head coach Eddie Jones's dog have scuppered Owen Farrell's chances of playing against Scotland?

Patrick Sawer
Owen Farrell, the England centre, receives attention from England physio Phil Pask (R) and Rob Young, the team doctor during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on March 9, 2017 - 2017 Getty Images

It’s not the kind of preparation England were hoping for in the run up to their Calcutta Cup game against Scotland.

There are questions over whether Owen Farrell, the team’s influential playmaker and goal-kicker, will be match fit, after he injured himself apparently falling over the head coach Eddie Jones’ Papillon dog.

Farrell took a heavy knock during the final flat-out training session on Thursday , leaving him in doubt for Saturday’s 6 Nations match.

Jones made several joking references to the player having fallen his dog, Annie, who he regularly brings with him to training.

“He could be in doubt, mate,” said Jones, when he was asked to clarify the severity of the tumble and the effect it could have on Farrell’s ability to play.

Owen Farrell attempts to catch head coach's dog, Annie during an earlier training session at Pennyhill Park, on February 22, 2017  - Credit: David Rogers/Getty Images

“Could be in doubt. He has got a bad leg so he couldn’t finish training. I think he ran into my dog. He’ll be all right. Possibly.”

England have not lost against Scotland at Twickenham since 1983 and they are only unbeaten side in the championship.

If Farrell, 25, does not make it, assistant coach Paul Gustard says Ben Te'o will start at inside centre with Jonny May coming onto the bench.

Eddie Jones, the England head coach, attempts to catch his dog, Annie, during a training session held at Pennyhill Park on February 22, 2017 - Credit: David Rogers/Getty Images

Gustard told BBC5 Live: “He's pretty resilient. He will do the right thing by the team and by his body. It will be a loss, of course, but we are very happy with the strengths Ben can bring.

"We are very happy with the 23 we will have on the pitch. We have flexibility, Jack Nowell is there who can come into the centre. Elliot Daly can come in to 13. So we will be very happy."

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