Saracens face nervous wait to discover extent of captain Owen Farrell’s ankle injury after the England man limped off in Harlequins win – but are optimistic he will be fit for end-of-season title challenge
- Farrell aggravated an injury that threatened his Six Nations finale participation
- He appeared to role his ankle before he limped off 10 minutes from time
- England nursed him through the Ireland game with a reduced training load
Saracens are optimistic that captain Owen Farrell will be fit to lead their title challenge in the Premiership and Champions Cup at the business end of the season.
The 31-year-old fly-half – skipper for club and country – limped off 10 minutes from the end of the league leaders’ 36-24 win over London rivals Harlequins at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Saturday.
Farrell appeared to roll his left ankle which left him in obvious pain and it emerged that he had aggravated an injury which had threatened his participation in the Six Nations finale against Ireland in Dublin seven days earlier.
England nursed him through that week with a reduced training load and the use of a protective boot to ensure he could play at the Aviva Stadium after he had suffered what Saracens’ director of rugby, Mark McCall, later clarified was a ‘grade one strain’.
That setback had occurred in the match against France, which saw the national team suffer a record 53-10 rout at Twickenham.
Saracens are optimistic that captain Owen Farrell (left) will be fit to their their title charge
Farrell limped off 10 minutes from time during his side’s win over Harlequins on Saturday
He aggravated an injury that had threatened to rule him out of England’s Six Nations finale
Farrell missed autumn Tests and the entire 2022 Six Nations due to successive ankle injuries and now this latest episode has cast doubt on his involvement in the remainder of the season. However, while an official update is not due until tomorrow, sources have indicated to Sportsmail that the playmaker’s condition is ‘not serious’ and any lay-off is likely to be ‘very short term’.
At this stage, there remains a doubt about whether Farrell will be available to face the Ospreys at StoneX Stadium on Sunday in the last 16 of the Champions Cup. But if his club’s optimism is well-founded, he may recover in time for a potential quarter-final clash with title-holders La Rochelle by the Atlantic the following weekend; providing Saracens see off dangerous Welsh opposition first and Ronan O’Gara’s team overcome Gloucester.
McCall will hope to have his captain back soon as the north London club maintain their quest for coveted domestic and cross-border trophies.
In the event that he is ruled out for several weeks, Saracens are likely to re-deploy veteran full-back Alex Goode at No 10 – where he has deputised and excelled so many times in recent years.
The club are optimistic, though the extent of the injury has not yet been revealed
Veteran full-back Alex Goode is likely to play at No 10 if Farrell is ruled out for a period of time
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