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Saracens confident George Kruis will return before autumn

George Kruis of Saracens is expected to be out for a matter of weeks with an ankle injury. David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens believe the ankle injury sustained by England lock George Kruis is not as bad as was initially feared.

Kruis, 27, limped out of Saracens' season-opening 55-24 demolition of Northampton at Twickenham on Saturday but subsequent scans have allayed concerns he could miss a significant portion of the campaign.

"George has had a scan and he's going to see a consultant at the end of the week, but it doesn't look all that serious," said Saracens rugby director Mark McCall.

"It's been described to me as a 'bad yank' to the ankle. It doesn't look like it's going to be overly serious. So that's hopefully good news, but we'll know more after he sees the consultant.

"It's going to be weeks rather than anything more. It's a completely different ankle injury, unrelated to the previous one. The good news is it's very early in the season, so he'll be back in time to play some big games for us, before the autumn internationals."

Kruis underwent surgery on both knee and ankle problems last season but managed recover in time to force his way onto the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.