11 Oct 2008

Wilkinson out for five months

9:50 am on 11 October 2008

The England rugby first five Jonny Wilkinson is unlikely to play in next year's Six Nations Championship after being told he would not be fit for five months.

The World Cup winner suffered a dislocated left kneecap in Newcastle Falcons' defeat by Gloucester over a week ago.

Wilkinson says its doesn't bode well for his England or Lions aspirations but won't rule anything out.

Wilkinson, who started the season late after shoulder surgery kept him out of England's tour of New Zealand, will miss November's matches at Twickenham against the Pacific Islanders, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.