England's hopes of levelling the rugby series against the Wallabies have suffered a blow after star flanker Tom Curry was ruled out of the remaining two Tests because of concussion.
Curry is to return home with the head injury sustained in the first half of Saturday's 30-28 defeat in Perth and will face "continuing assessment and ongoing management".
Curry was withdrawn at halftime and replaced by Lewis Ludlam after taking a head knock.
“We’ll have to wait and see,” coach Eddie Jones said after the match.
“Curry might not be available."
This has been confirmed, with the flanker set to return to England.
"Tom Curry has withdrawn from the England squad currently on tour in Australia due to concussion sustained in Saturday’s match in Perth," the RFU said in a statement. "It has been agreed that in the interest of player welfare and recovery, he will take no further part in the tour and return home for continuing assessment and ongoing management. "He has travelled to Brisbane with the squad and will fly to England later this week."
It was another blow for Eddie Jones's men, with Bath lock Charlie Ewels suffering a knee injury in training last week and also ruled out of the tour.
Curry's blow adds to the injury toll from the brutal opening Test as the victorious Wallabies lick their wounds.
Flyhalf Quade Cooper will head for scans after he was a late withdrawal due to a calf injury.
He was shortly joined by fullback Tom Banks, who faces an extended stint on the sidelines after breaking his arm.
Brumbies teammate Allan Alaalatoa will also miss the second Test with a concussion whilst lock Darcy Swain awaits his fate after receiving a red card for an alleged headbutt.