Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje are in line to return from injury when Saracens play Wasps on Sunday. After taking part in England’s two-day training camp in Brighton, the duo came through club training on Wednesday.
England head coach Eddie Jones had stated that the pair would be available this weekend to pick up crucial game-time leading up to the Six Nations.
Mark McCall the Saracens director of rugby, confirmed both had trained but said a final decision regarding selection had yet to be made. “They took part in training today. We’ll make a decision later in the week as to their involvement in the game,” he said.
Vunipola endured an injury ravaged 2017 as he missed the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand with a shoulder injury and then tore his meniscus, requiring knee surgery in late September.
Itoje broke his jaw in Saracens’ defeat by Harlequins on Dec 3. At the time it had been reported the 23-year-old would require an eight-week recovery period.
However, McCall explained that because of the less-severe nature and location of the injury, there was a rehabilitation period of four weeks, in which Itoje could train while recovering.
Meanwhile, veteran scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth is another player due to return from an injury lay-off ahead of schedule. Wigglesworth, 34, sustained a hip tendon injury – a relatively uncommon ailment in rugby – during Saracens's defeat to Clermont last month.
McCall cited Wiggleworth’s tenacity as a factor to his earlier than expected return, saying: “It is incredible really, a lot of it is the determination that he has.
“It is a bit of strange one for us because the scan and the reading of the scan indicated that it might be significantly longer than that. He is a notoriously quick healer. It is great back to have him so quickly.”