Borthwick given all clear for England
September 21, 2009
England skipper Steve Borthwick will be fit for their November Tests © Getty Images
England skipper Steve Borthwick will be fit for their November Tests after scans on a rib injury revealed no serious damage.
Saracens medical staff announced that the lock had picked up a sprain to rib cartilage during last weekend's Guinness Premiership victory over Harlequins and that while he was not a certainty to feature against Gloucester on Saturday he would be fit to face the Wallabies on November 7.
Borthwick refused to be substituted until Saracens had secured a third straight victory that took them joint top of the Guinness Premiership table.
The positive news will come as a boost to England manager Martin Johnson, who has already lost centre Riki Flutey and fullback Delon Armitage for a series that also features meetings with Argentina and New Zealand.
"Saracens and England supporters can relax," said Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter. "It's not a serious problem and it certainly won't stop Steve from being available for the internationals but we will have to wait and see if he is available for Sunday's game against Gloucester.
"He is playing really well, which is fantastic for England. He is a serious world-class international lock. If you talk about a disciplined, honest, hard-working individual then Steve Borthwick fits that bill 100%. I have been very blessed to have a captain like that.
"In our first two games this season Steve had the most contributions and the second most contributions. We measure everything - tackles, ball carries, his rucking, his defensive play - and he is right at the top of our team."
Meanwhile, the England medical team are waiting for the results of a scan on Harlequins and Saxons centre Jordan Turner-Hall's shoulder injury.