Bath fly-half George Ford is England's latest injury doubt for New Zealand tour
Bath fly-half George Ford looks set to miss England's tour of New Zealand, according to Sky sources.
Last Updated: 21/05/14 9:34pm
Ford is understood to need an operation on his shoulder, and he has opted to go under the knife after Friday's Amlin Challenge Cup final against Northampton.
As yet there is no confirmation of his decision and his comments at the Rugby Players Association awards dinner which gave no indication of the issue.
"I'm probably the fittest I've ever felt," he said.
"I'm fit and ready to go. I feel really good at the minute. I've had 25-26 games under my belt this season and I'm probably the fittest I've ever felt. All the boys are fit and ready to go."
With Owen Farrell and Stephen Myler both unavailable for the first Test against the All Blacks in Auckland - they will be playing in the Aviva Premiership final - England's fly-options are, if Ford does not travel, thin.
Danny Cipriani, who has been in fine form for Sale this season, looks set to battle it out with Freddie Burns to start in the first Test.
And Cipriani could now be favourite, with Burns having a poor season by his standards with Gloucester.
Henry Slade, the Exeter youngster, will also travel but he is unlikely to play.
England coach Stuart Lancaster will be hugely disappointed if Ford does not go to New Zealand - the Bath No 10 was emerging as the most likely back-up fly-half to Owen Farrell.
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