Six Nations health-check: Who is out, doubtful and hopeful?

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The latest news on which players are out and who is on the way back from injury for all six countries ahead of the 2018 Six Nations, which kicks off on February 3.

England

Short-term

Beno Obano - Set to miss the opening fixture with Italy due to a knee injury.

Charlie Ewels - Out for a further two-three weeks with a hamstring issue according to the Bath Chronicle​.

Jack Nowell - Named in England's squad for the Six Nations opener against Italy despite a recent ankle injury.

Matt Mullan - Due back at the end of January following a rib injury according to the Coventry Telegraph.

Piers Francis - Currently in the concussion protocol after suffering a head knock on December 30 against Harlequins.

Will Spencer - Facing two to three weeks out after a minor ankle operation, via Worcester News.

Could return later on

Nathan Hughes - Ruled out for 10 weeks around Christmas due to a knee ligament injury. 

Ellis Genge - Underwent shoulder surgery at the start of December with a prognosis of two months out.

Out of the tournament

Billy Vunipola - Ruled out for three months by Saracens last week following an arm fracture against the Ospreys.

Elliot Daly - Sidelined for 12 with an ankle injury in December, ruling the British and Irish Lions back out of the tournament.

Tom Curry - Yet to come back from the dislocated wrist injury he suffered back in November on England duty. 

Semesa Rokoduguni - Given a four-month layoff following shoulder surgery after picking up an injury at the start of December.

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France

Short-term

Morgan Parra - Knee injury suffered against the Ospreys last week may rule him out of France's opening fixtures with Ireland and Scotland.

Fabien Sanconnie - Sprained his knee at the start of January, leaving him in doubt to start the tournament for France.

Loann Goujon - On his way back from a hamstring injury and could return by the beginning of February.

Out of the tournament

Gabriel Lacroix - Rising star on the wing for La Rochelle ruptured his ACL against Ulster and is out for the season.

Camille Lopez - France's number one fly-half broke his ankle back in October and is not due back until April.

Judicael Cancoriet - Ankle injury will keep the young and talented Clermont back-row out for two months.

Charles Ollivon - Favourite of former coach Guy Noves is out for the season with a fractured shoulder blade.

Damian Penaud - Talented centre ruled out for three months in the middle of December after fracturing his foot.

Wesley Fofana - Herniated disc was confirmed at the end of December, ruling the France veteran out for three months.

France fly-half Camille Lopez Credit: AFP

Ireland

Short-term

Finlay Bealham - Knee injury suffered in training is not expected to keep Bealham out for long according to The42.

Dave Kilcoyne - Will miss Ireland's training camp in Spain this week after picking up a knee injury last weekend for Munster.

Luke Marshall - Back this week for Ulster 'A' from an Achilles injury that has kept him out dating back to October last year.

Craig Gilroy - Underwent surgery on a fractured cheekbone last week but should return to action at the start of February.

Could return later on

Sean O'Brien - Leinster suggested that O'Brien could return at some point "during the Six Nations window" after hip surgery, although there is no set date.

Garry Ringrose - Sustained an ankle injury against Ulster a couple of weeks ago that will rule the 22 year-old out of the opening two matches.

Niall Scannell - Facing four to six weeks out from the start of January with a broken thumb, so could feature later in the tournament.

Out of the tournament

Jamie Heaslip - There is no public timeframe on Heaslip's return from a back injury, which has kept him out since last March.

Rhys Ruddock - Unlikely to return during the tournament after suffering a serious hamstring tear against Exeter Chiefs last December.

Tommy O'Donnell - Another back-row whose return date has not been set after sustaining a shoulder injury on Munster duty.

Jared Payne - Yet to play this season having suffered a succession of migraine headaches since last year's British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

Jared Payne has not played this season Credit: SPORTSFILE

Italy

Short-term

Federico Zani - Sidelined by a calf injury that will keep the prop, who won six caps in his debut season in 2017, out for a few weeks.

Out of the tournament

Michele Campagnaro - Ruptured his knee ligaments at the start of the season with the Premiership champions, ruling him out for nine months.

Angelo Esposito - Another knee injury, this time an ACL tear suffered by Esposito around Christmas for Treviso which will keep him out until next week.

Ornel Gega - Talented hooker suffered a knee injury back in September, ruling him out for a period of eight months.

Exeter's Michele Campagnaro Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Scotland

Short-term

Richie Gray - Veteran lock will miss France's three-day training camp with a calf knock but not yet a doubt for the opening game against Wales.

Alex Dunbar - Went off with a concussion against Exeter Chiefs and is currently in the protocol.

Darryl Marfo - A star last November, Marfo picked up a back injury at the start of January and is expected to miss Scotland's first two matches.

Could return later on

Allan Dell - Working his way back from groin surgery and may feature in the final two rounds of the tournament.

Out of the tournament

WP Nel - Broken arm at the start of December ruled the tighthead out for 12 weeks, putting him in doubt to play any part in the tournament.

Zander Fagerson - Scotland's rising star at tighthead was sidelined at the start of January for eight weeks with a foot injury.

George Turner - Another Scottish hooker to pick up an injury before the tournament, Turner damaged his knee medial ligaments against Exeter on January 20.

Ross Ford - Veteran hooker has been out since last November after suffering a pectoral injury before last year's autumn internationals.

Fraser Brown - Held out after a number of concussions, with Brown's condition being reviewed regularly.

Al Dickinson - No word on a return date for the 34 year-old prop who has not played a competitive game now in over a year.

Scotland prop Zander Fagerson Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Wales

Unknown

Dan Biggar - Came off with a shoulder injury against Clermont on Sunday 21 with Wales waiting for the outcome of his scan.

Short-term

Liam Williams - A late withdrawal for Saracens before their Champions Cup fixture with Northampton having returned from an abdominal injury the previous week.

Hallam Amos - Injured his ankle on Boxing Day but has been named in the squad and appears close to a return.

George North - Made his comeback off the bench for Northampton at Saracens and January 20, suggesting he will be available for the opener.

Could return later on

Taulupe Faletau​ - Named in the squad despite working his way back from a knee injury, with the Bath number eight potentially available at the beginning of March.

Wales star Taulupe Faletau Credit: CAMERASPORT

Out of the tournament

Rhys Priestland - Hamstring injury against the Scarlets earlier in January seems likely to keep Priestland out of the entire tournament.

Sam Warburton - Stood down for the season as the British and Irish Lions captain recovers from a knee operation.

Dan Lydiate - Out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in last autumn's win over South Africa.

Jonathan Davies - Foot injury suffered in the autumn internationals will keep the Scarlets centre out of the tournament.