Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder has offered reassurance that England full-back Ben Foden will soon return.
Foden was unavailable for Northampton's loss against Gloucester after England's medical staff requested that he miss out due to ankle injury.
"I don't think it's going to be major. England just requested he needs more time," said Mallinder to BBC Northampton.
"Ben will be the first to admit he has not been 100% since he came back. We've given him extra rest and rehab this week and I'm hopeful he will be playing for us next week.
"He's one of our best players. Of course I'd have liked him to play.
"But I understand where England are coming from and it's in the EPS (England Elite Playing Squad) period and therefore they have that shout."