His return to full fitness before the first Five Nations game with Wales on 6 February would be a boost for the selectors.
The Sale winger Tom Beim, who played for England on last summer's Down Under tour, has been put on the transfer list at his own request. Their coach, John Mitchell, said: "It will be sad to lose a player like Tom. But I understand he is unhappy and we have agreed to his request."
Beim is out injured but his left wing spot has been filled by Steve Handley, who has scored four tries in his last three league games and is rated as one of the hottest young properties in the English game.Reuse content