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England skipper Owen Farrell has shrugged off latest injury scare

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Rob Newell/CameraSport via Getty Images)

Saracens’ optimism regarding last weekend’s injury suffered by England skipper Owen Farrell has paid off as the out-half has recovered quickly enough to be named in an unchanged XV for this Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup round-of-16 game at home to Ospreys.

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Farrell limped off with an ankle injury in the 70th minute of last Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership victory over Harlequins, but the England captain has made a rapid recovery.

Farrell had cried out in pain after rolling his left ankle while making a tackle close to Saracens’ try line at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and hobbled off. The 31-year-old fly-half had injured the same joint while on England duty in the final stage of the Guinness Six Nations, raising concerns that an aggravation might have caused more significant damage.

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However, it was Wednesday when Saracens boss Mark McCall reported: “Owen took part in some of the training today [Wednesday], so we are relatively optimistic that he will be available for this weekend.” So it has proved, Saracens now naming an unchanged starting line-up.

SARACENS: 15. Alex Goode; 14. Max Malins, 13. Alex Lozowski, 12. Nick Tompkins, 11. Sean Maitland; 10. Owen Farrell (capt), 9. Ivan van Zyl; 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Jamie George, 3. Marco Riccioni, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Hugh Tizard, 6. Andrew Christie, 7. Ben Earl, 8. Billy Vunipola. Reps: 16. Tom Woolstencroft, 17. Eroni Mawi, 18. Alec Clarey, 19. Nick Isiekwe, 20. Jackson Wray, 21. Aled Davies, 22. Duncan Taylor, 23. Alex Lewington.

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OSPREYS: 15. Mike Collins; 14. George North, 13. Owen Watkin, 12. Kieran Williams, 11. Luke Morgan; 10. Owen Williams, 9. Rhys Webb; 1. Nicky Smith, 2. Sam Parry, 3. Tom Francis, 4. Adam Beard, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Ethan Roots, 7. Justin Tipuric (capt), 8. Morgan Morris. Reps: 16. Dewi Lake, 17. Gareth Thomas, 18. Tom Botha, 19. Rhys Davies, 20. Dan Lydiate, 21. Reuben Morgan-Williams, 22. Gareth Anscombe, 23. Iestyn Hopkins.

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