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Kennedy gets nod after Blaze is put out

LONDON IRISH lock Nick Kennedy was yesterday added to Martin Johnson&rsquo;s injury-ravaged England squad for the autumn Test series against Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.<br /><br />Kennedy was given the nod after uncapped Richard Blaze limped out of Leicester&rsquo;s victory over Northampton Saints on Saturday with a foot injury.<br /><br />Johnson is set to name his matchday 22 for Saturday&rsquo;s opener against Argentina tomorrow and may now opt for in-form Exiles star Kennedy.<br /><br />The boss, however, has fresh doubts over the fitness of centre Mike Tindall after he limped off early in Gloucester&rsquo;s 28-23 defeat to Sale on Friday night with a hamstring strain.<br /><br />Tindall, 31, has missed his side&rsquo;s last three matches and after been released by England to prove his fitness, this latest setback could rule him out of international contention.<br /><br />Johnson responded to Tindall&rsquo;s injury scare by calling up Biarritz centre Ayoola Erinle as cover, but Gloucester coach Bryan Redpath believes Tindall could yet be passed fit. &ldquo;Hopefully it&rsquo;s not too serious and he can get himself back on the pitch pretty quickly &ndash; but I wouldn&rsquo;t know right now when that will be.&rdquo;<br /><br />On a positive note, Simon Shaw made his long-awaited return to action after a foot injury in Wasps&rsquo; defeat to Leeds yesterday. The veteran lock came off the bench to make his first appearance since starring for the British Lions in the summer.