Farrell was withdrawn from Saracens’ European Champions Cup fixture against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday and underwent minor surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his thumb.
A lay-off of seven to 10 days was forecast for the fly-half, who was named as England’s sole skipper for the Ireland fixture with usual co-captain Dylan Hartley absent through injury.
Speaking at the Six Nations tournament launch in London on Wednesday, Farrell insisted he was on track to start at the Aviva Stadium.
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“The hand is good. I had something small done to it on the weekend,” the 27-year-old was quoted as saying by The Times.
“I should be training towards the end of this week. It was a gradual thing and is something small.”
Asked whether he would be fully fit for the Ireland match, Farrell replied: “I’m confident, yes.”
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