ESPN SCRUM

/ Heineken Cup 2013-14

/ News

Heineken Cup
Borthwick touch and go for final
ESPN Staff
May 21, 2014
Steve Borthwick receives treatment for a chest injury during the Aviva Premiership semi-final © Getty Images
Enlarge

Saracens are hopeful that captain Steve Borthwick will be fit to face Toulon in Saturday's Heineken Cup final.

Borthwick was substituted with an injury to his upper chest during Saracens' Aviva Premiership semi-final win over Harlequins, but the second row has now returned to light training and is on course to be fit for Saturday's showdown with the reigning champions.

"Steve has had a bit of a shock to his system but is progressing pretty well," Saracens coach Paul Gustard told the BBC.

But director of rugby Mark McCall sounded a more cautious note. He explained: "[Borthwick's] made some progress actually this week so I suppose we're optimistic, but we'll make a decision towards the end of the week.

"We wouldn't play him unless he's proven he can play, functionally he's got to be strong enough to play. We wouldn't gamble at all with him. He's got a significant injury to his pectoral muscle."

Borthwick, 34, is set to retire at the end of the season and has made a record 264 Premiership appearances during his 16-year career. Saracens face Toulon in Saturday's Heineken Cup final before taking on Northampton in the Aviva Premiership final next weekend.

"He is our club captain and it is known that Steve is retiring in two weeks' time," Gustard added. "It will be a fitting end to a fantastic career, for a guy who has played 57 times for his county and is the most-capped Premiership player, to finish with the Heineken Cup final and the Premiership final. Fingers crossed he will hopefully be fit for the weekend."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - Australian GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Golf - Joburg Open
    Golf - Honda Classic
    Tennis - Dubai Championships
    Tennis - Mexican Open
  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Tennis

    Federer crushes Coric to reach ninth Dubai final

    Defending champion Roger Federer booked his spot in the Dubai Championships final for a ninth time with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Borna Coric

  • Football

    Mourinho accuses Spurs players of diving

    Jose Mourinho has accused Tottenham players of diving to get opponents booked and called on them to cut out the antics for the League Cup final

  • Rugby

    Fantasy Rugby: Who to pick, who to leave out

    Tom May picks three players to put into your fantasy team, and three to leave out

  • Football

    Pellegrini: City have upper hand against weary Liverpool

    Manuel Pellegrini believes Manchester City have been handed an advantage against Liverpool by the Merseysiders' draining workload in the Europa League

  • Formula 1

    Marussia named on revised 2015 entry list

    Marussia has been included on the revised 2015 entry list under the name Manor Marussia F1 Team, subject to compliance with this year's regulations

  • News
  • Features
Sponsored Links
Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!