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Boss Johnson ready to learn extent of England's injury hell

ENGLAND manager Martin Johnson will today realise the extent of a horrendous injury list as he names a revised squad for the upcoming autumn internationals.<br /><br />Johnson&rsquo;s England host Australia at Twickenham on 7 November before facing back-to-back Tests against Argentina and New Zealand.<br /><br />But the boss&rsquo; plans have been severely wrecked by no fewer than 12 injury casualties, paving the way for a raft of uncapped players.<br /><br />One man fully aware of the task at hand is captain Steve Borthwick, but the Saracens man remains adamant the team will cope with any setbacks.<br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know the severity of our injuries but I do know the medical staff will be busy this week,&rdquo; he said after his side&rsquo;s victory over Leeds yesterday. &ldquo;This will be a test of our squad because we need to start building a team immediately and not concern ourselves worrying too much about those guys who are missing.&rdquo; <br /><br />Leicester veteran Julian White became the latest crock after tearing his hamstring just five minutes into Tigers&rsquo; 18-12 defeat to London Irish, prompting fears that Johnson may struggle to fill the badly-hit front row. <br /><br />White joins Andrew Sheridan (shoulder), Lee Mears (knee) and Phil Vickery (neck) on the sidelines for the whole series, joining full-back Delon Armitage and centre Riki Flutey. Scrum-half Harry Ellis, lock Simon Shaw and Harlequins&rsquo; Nick Easter are also doubtful.<br /><br />Johnson, however, will have the luxury of calling upon record points scorer Jonny Wilkinson with the fly-half currently enjoying life in France with Toulon. <br />Wilkinson helped mastermind a Challenge Cup victory over Saracens last week and Borthwick is a big fan. &ldquo;His game management against us was superb. It&rsquo;s not just about his kicking it&rsquo;s Jonny&rsquo;s whole game which is excellent.&rdquo;