England fly-half Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the third Test against New Zealand with a knee injury.
Farrell has suffered a strain to the medial ligament in his left knee which means he will miss Saturday’s final game in Hamilton.”Such is his character that he is already working on his rehab and still contributing to the tour”
New Zealand hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.
The All Blacks claimed a 28-27 victory in last week’s second Test to seal the series win after a narrow 20-15 success in the first game.
Farrell, 22, will stay with the squad for the remainder of the tour before returning to his club Saracens for further assessment and treatment.
Lancaster added: “Such is his character that he is already working on his rehab and still contributing to the tour.
“Fortunately we have three other fly halves and we’ll make that selection call over the next few days.”
An England XV are playing against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Tuesday.