RWC 2015: Jonathan Joseph doubtful for England's Rugby World Cup match against Wales at Twickenham

The centre will be 'given every chance to prove his fitness'

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Centre Jonathan Joseph is doubtful for England's World Cup clash with Wales on Saturday due to a chest injury.

England backs coach Andy Farrell revealed that Joseph's fitness would be determined one way or another by Wednesday.

"JJ has a bit of a knock, nothing too serious and we're working hard to get him fit," Farrell said at an England press conference at the team base in Surrey ahead of Saturday's Pool A encounter at Twickenham.

"We'll give JJ every chance to prove his fitness. We'll know if he's fit tomorrow. If he's not, then it's only a week long injury."

Farrell also revealed that No8 Ben Morgan has a bang on the knee but stressed that the injury "isn't serious at all".

Morgan did not train with England on Monday.

If Joseph is ruled out by injury it would be a big blow for England head coach Stuart Lancaster as the Bath centre is a potential matchwinner.

Lancaster has several options to replace Joseph, with Henry Slade and Sam Burgess the other specialist centres in his squad while fly-half Owen Farrell has got experience of playing at centre.

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