England captain Chris Robshaw will make his return to action this weekend after missing the last month with a shoulder injury.
There were initially fears that Robshaw might need surgery on the troublesome shoulder, which could have ruled him out of the Six Nations.
He will instead return for Harlequins on Saturday after seeing a number of specialists to decide on the best course of action.
It’s a must-win game for Quins, who are currently eighth in the Premiership, six points off the play-off places.
Meanwhile in less than a month England will kick off their Six Nations campaign in Cardiff, a first return since their humbling defeat in 2013, and Robshaw admits that played a part in his decision to avoid surgery.
“There was some concern initially and I went to see a number of specialists to get their views on the right way to go,” Robshaw told the Daily Mail.
“I hyper-extended the ligaments quite badly and they were stretched quite a long way. But we’ve gone through all the correct procedures and they should be fine for this weekend.
“I wanted to be in Cardiff,” he told the Telegraph. “That was in my mind when I hurt my shoulder.
“That was the target. There were concerns for a few days that I might need surgery. I saw a couple of specialists who went through the options.
“Once I knew that rest and rehab could do the job, then it was decided to go down that route. The benefit of not opting for surgery was obvious. You want to be out there playing. Simple as that.
“The first couple of days after I suffered the injury were painful but fortunately it settled down quite quickly after that and that gave me a much more positive mind-set.
“The body is feeling good and I’m excited about getting back on the pitch. There’s been a lot of long hours involved; lots of weights and lots of fitness. But there’s only so much you can do in the gym and I’m raring to go.”