England flanker Chris Robshaw has been ruled out of the upcoming autumn internationals with a knee injury, according to a report on BBC Sport.

The Harlequins man has had surgery on his knee and his injury means that the list of absent players for England continues to increase.

Key players Billy Vunipola and Joe Launchbury are also sidelined with injuries, with Eddie Jones beginning to worry about his squad ahead of the tough fixtures against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia next month.

Robshaw is set to miss about eight weeks and the news will be hard to take for Jones, who has regularly used Robshaw during his time as the England head coach.

Robshaw has 66 caps and started in seven of the eight Test matches in 2018. His Harlequins manager Paul Gustard said:

We are hugely disappointed to lose Chris for a short period of time while he recovers from this injury, not least because he has been one of our standout performers across our first seven games this season, and also because this period in the calendar provides the opportunity to represent England.

I am sure he would have featured strongly in Eddie Jones’ plans for those matches.