The out-half missed last weekend’s Six Nations match for Scotland against France due to a concussion suffered during a Top 14 match on February 17, six days before he was due to line out at the Stade de France for his country.
His absence was a massive blow for the Scots, who lost 27-10 and generally looked uninspired against a struggling opposition that had come into the match under a cloud following their heavy defeat to England.
Russell was ruled out of Test selection on Tuesday of last week, Scotland confirming at the time that he had not satisfied that day’s component of the graduated return to play protocol.
Russell, though, has now been given the all-clear by his club and will play on Saturday against La Rochelle – although his return will add to the weekend’s nervous viewing for Scottish boss Gregor Townsend.
Three of the four non-Scottish based players who featured in Townsend’s matchday 23 in Paris are also due to start with their clubs ahead of next week’s home Six Nations showdown with unbeaten Wales.
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Sean Maitland, Josh Strauss and Gary Graham will all feature for Saracens, Sale and Newcastle respectively, with skipper Greig Laidlaw the only one rested as Clermont have chosen to go with Morgan Parra, who has been dropped from the France squad.
Russell’s injury a fortnight ago highlighted the risk of the Scots relying heavily on star players contracted to clubs outside its jurisdiction. The out-half suffered a game-ending 37th minute collision when a Toulouse player’s knee collided with the side of his face.
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