Robshaw set for injury all-clear
August 9, 2012
England captain Chris Robshaw picked up a thumb injury during his side's recent tour of South Africa © Getty Images
England captain Chris Robshaw is set to be declared fully fit for the start of the new season.
The Quins back-row suffered a broken thumb during England's recent tour of South Africa but has battled back to fitness and took an active part in this week's training camp in Loughborough.
The news was welcomed by England coach Stuart Lancaster who was also buoyed by positive reports on the fitness of the other injury concerns within his squad including Northampton flanker Tom Wood who is among those long-term absentees set to return for the start of the new Aviva Premiership campaign.
"Quite a lot of the lads had operations at the end of the tour and they are now in good shape," said Lancaster, whose side will tackle Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand during a testing end-of-year campaign. "Chris Robshaw did his thumb on tour and he took part in his first real rugby session with us this week so Quins are very optimistic and he will see a specialist this week to get the final sign off."
Lancaster is also looking forward to having Wood at his disposal having been denied his services during the Six Nations and the South Africa tour due to a chronic foot injury. "Northampton have managed him really well," said Lancaster. "He did train with us but Northampton are bringing him back gradually and I'm looking forward to seeing him at the start of the season.
"He's been to see specialists and taken advice from around the world and as long as he manages himself appropriately and is managed well there shouldn't be any further problems."
Certain players remain some way from full fitness including Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs, his team-mate Tom Croft and Northampton's Courtney Lawes. Youngs underwent shoulder surgery after getting injured trying to prevent a try for South Africa's JP Pietersen during the second Test in June and looks unlikely to be in the mix for the opening autumn international against Fiji on November 10.
"Youngs will struggle for the start of the season," explained Lancaster. "The reality is he has had a shoulder operation and he won't be fit for the start of September and he is hoping to play in October."
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