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Borthwick missing for Bath
15 February 2008 11:30am
England lock Steve Borthwick has been ruled out of Bath's Guinness Premiership clash against Wasps.
But it is now Borthwick's turn to give England head coach Brian Ashton cause for concern.
An injury-ravaged RBS 6 Nations campaign has already seen Ashton lose the likes of Mike Tindall, David Strettle, Lewis Moody and Tom Rees.
And Borthwick's knee problem will now come under close scrutiny ahead of England tackling tournament favourites France in Paris next Saturday.
Borthwick, who suffered the injury against Italy, failed to come through a club fitness test on Friday.
He will be replaced in the second-row against Wasps by Peter Short, with centre Alex Crockett captaining the side.
Borthwick's England colleagues Lee Mears, Matt Stevens and Michael Lipman, meanwhile, all feature in the Bath starting line-up.
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