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As well as missing the Scotland clash on February 4, the Northampton star will sit out the Italy game a week later but could be back in time to face Wales at Twickenham on February 25.
The 25-year-old was considered a leading candidate to replace recently-retired skipper Lewis Moody with Mike Tindall and Nick Easter – who have both captained England in recent years – having been left out of the EPS squads.
Another leading contender Toby Flood, the Leicester fly-half, is also out of the start of the tournament, making Robshaw the most likely man to fill the void after his stunning form in captaining Harlequins to the top of the English Premiership.
Robshaw won his one and only cap in the 24-22 defeat to Argentina in 2009 but seems certain to add to that tally over the course of the RBS 6 Nations championship with Wood’s injury making it likely he will feature at openside.
However there was some good news for interim head coach Stuart Lancaster on the injury front with the news that Leicester pair Manu Tuilagi and Flood are set to return with Wood for the clash with Wales.
Tuilagi has been out with a hamstring injury while Flood is struggling with a knee injury but Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has been told they should be available to the Tigers for their match against Exeter on February 11.
"The indications that are coming from England suggest that Toby Flood and Manu Tuilagi will have a couple of games with us before they go back to England," Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury.
"But we will have to see what happens. If England go up to Scotland in their opening fixture without them and lose, then who knows.
"They should both be available to play on the weekend of February 11, and that is when we return to Aviva Premiership action at Exeter after the Anglo-Welsh Cup."