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Kruis will definitely be available for England against France - McCall

Mark McCall has eased fears that lock George Kruis will miss the start of England's RBS 6 Nations campaign.

Saracens boss McCall has reiterated he expects Kruis to be fit when England host France on February 4 following a minor cheekbone fracture.

England head coach Eddie Jones on Monday rated Kruis as "borderline" for the France clash, but Saracens chief McCall feels Kruis could yet feature in Saturday's European clash with Toulon.

Kruis was due to see a specialist on Tuesday night, to determine whether he can return to action as soon as this weekend.

"George will definitely be available for England, and there's a slight chance he'll be available this weekend," said McCall of Kruis' fitness situation.

"He'll go and see a consultant this evening, and hopefully we'll find out then.

"He's not far away, so it's going to be that conversation and we'll be guided by the conversation.

"George is able to train now, it's not an injury that's preventing him from training, though obviously he's not doing contact until he's given the all-clear."

Kruis suffered the cheekbone problem against Newcastle on Christmas Eve, but was quickly diagnosed with a relatively minor injury by Saracens.

Now the 26-year-old is honing in on a playing return, that could yet boost England's injury profile ahead of launching their Grand Slam defence.

Jones' side will be without former captain Chris Robshaw for the entire Six Nations, after the Harlequins flanker underwent shoulder surgery.

Billy Vunipola will miss at least the early rounds with knee trouble, while Wasps flanker James Haskell has only just recovered from concussion.

Props Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola are also injury doubts in further tests to England's resources, so Kruis' return would certainly ease the situation.

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