England received a boost ahead of the November Tests with the news that Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs should return to action next month.
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has revealed that Youngs, who suffered a shoulder injury during England's second Test against South Africa in June, is way ahead of schedule in his recovery.
The 23-year-old was expected to be sidelined until December following surgery but Cockerill reckons he should be back to full fitness in time for the November 10 Test against Fiji at Twickenham before subsequent clashes with South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
"Things are going well for Ben and we expect to see him back playing by around the middle of October," Cockerill told the Daily Telegraph.
"He'll need some game time then but it's looking good."
In more good news for England fans, forwards Tom Croft, Louis Deacon and Courtney Lawes are all expected to return from injury in the next few weeks.