George Kruis will be available for England's Six Nations opener against France
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 11/01/17 8:14am
George Kruis will be available to start England's Six Nations campaign against France in February but is set to miss both of Saracens' Champions Cup matches this month.
The second row fractured a cheekbone against Newcastle on Christmas Eve and was a doubt to face Les Bleus, but Saracens' director of rugby Mark McCall has confirmed he will be fit for the Twickenham showdown on February 4.
The European clashes with Scarlets and Toulon have come too soon for Kruis, however, and he will enter the Six Nations on the back of six weeks of inactivity.
"George will be fine for the Six Nations," McCall said.
"The question is whether he'll play against Toulon or not. We won't know that until next week but I'd say it's unlikely."
Mako Vunipola is a doubt for the Six Nations but could yet play some part in the tournament, with McCall revealing that the loosehead prop could be back in action at the end of February.
Vunipola is struggling with a knee injury and is due to see a specialist this week for an update on his likely return.