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Owen Farrell eyeing return after Saracens see off Wasps

Saracens' elation at defeating Aviva Premiership title rivals Wasps has increased with the news of Owen Farrell's imminent return from injury.

The double winners have tentatively pencilled in Saturday's heavyweight European showdown with Toulon for their England playmaker to make his first appearance of the season.

A back and hip problem sustained in pre-season has prevented Farrell from playing, but he has been able to resume place kicking in an encouraging development ahead of the forthcoming autumn internationals.

"Owen was with the team for Wasps," said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall, who revealed that Alex Goode could also be back from a knee injury.

"He warmed up with them and place kicked for the first time before the game. If everything goes to plan, then hopefully he'll be available for this weekend.

"He's an influential member of the squad and it's good to have him around the team.

"I think he could definitely come straight into the team, six weeks isn't so long. We'll asses that in training.

"Alex Lozowski has put his case forward so it's a big shout for us, but Owen is a world-class fly-half.

"For us to have won five of our first six league games without the likes of Owen, Duncan Taylor and Chris Ashton is a good achievement."

The Premiership's last 100 per cent record fell when Saracens wrapped up a bonus-point 30-14 victory over Wasps, who are widely regarded as the team most likely to challenge for their crown.

"We lost to the better team. We weren't allowed to play. You have to give Saracens a lot of credit, they really strangled us and didn't allow us to play," Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said.

"We've made a really good start to the season, but we've come to the home of the double champions and it was a little too much for us.

"It's not all doom and gloom because it's the first game we've lost, but if you're going to lose to anyone it should be the double winners.

"We're disappointed because we didn't look like we fired enough shots, but that's because of how good Saracens were defensively."


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