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Bath clash too soon for Dylan Hartley

Northampton's Aviva Premiership clash against unbeaten Bath on Friday will come too soon for injured captain Dylan Hartley.

The 31-year-old current England skipper picked up a hand injury following his try-scoring exploits in last weekend's 24-11 win against Leicester Tigers at Franklin's Gardens.

And, while the injury is not too serious, it is enough for Hartley to miss the home game against a Bath side which has two wins from their opening two fixtures.

The Saints have revealed that both Hartley and flanker Tom Wood, who has a shoulder injury, are both expected to be back in training next week.

In the absence of Hartley, Mikey Haywood will be handed a starting place and Courtney Lawes will captain the side.

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