Owen Farrell a game-day decision for England v Scotland
By Peter Gilbert
Last Updated: 10/03/17 3:14pm
Owen Farrell will be given until an hour before kick-off to prove his fitness for England's Six Nations clash with Scotland on Saturday.
Farrell was confirmed at inside centre in England's starting XV on Thursday morning but limped out of training later with a leg injury and failed to take part in Friday's captain's run at Twickenham.
England defence coach Paul Gustard confirmed the Saracens man will continue to be monitored over the next 24 hours before a late call on whether he will take part in the Calcutta Cup match.
"Owen didn't train today and we're monitoring his leg injury. It's a leg injury," Gustard said.
"We have until tomorrow before kick-off to make a decision, which means he has at least another 24 hours of recovery ahead of him. We'll make a call as and when we know more."
England have decided against calling in anyone as cover, instead relying on the 24 players retained for the penultimate round of the Six Nations.
The most likely contingency would see Ben Te'o promoted from the bench to fill the void at inside centre and Jonny May, who is currently acting as 24th man, taking a place on the bench.
However, if fly-half George Ford were to be struck by injury, the lack of cover in the position would leave England exposed.
"We're not bringing anyone in. We're obviously very happy with Ben in the squad. We have Jonny May with us at the moment as 24th man, so we have some flexibility as cover," Gustard said.
"We're really confident (with our options if Owen misses out). We're very happy with the squad that we've got and the 24 that we chose for this game. Whatever combination we end up with at 10, 12, 13, we're happy."