Saracens - Koch and Rhodes nearing return

Apr 11, 2018

Koch and Rhodes nearing return

Vincent Koch and Michael Rhodes could feature for Saracens against Bath this weekend, Mark McCall has confirmed.

South Africa prop Koch has been sidelined with an ankle injury since early February while his compatriot Rhodes (hamstring) last played in the Champions Cup against Ospreys in January.

“We’re looking to have Michael Rhodes involved, Vincent Koch as well, as long as they come through training,” McCall said.

“Today (Wednesday) was an important day for that so we’ll see how they react. Hopefully those two will be available.”

Another on the Sarries casualty list nearing a return is Billy Vunipola but Sunday’s sold-out match at Allianz Park comes too soon.

The England international is still recovering from a fractured arm and despite not being fit for an outing, McCall insists his number 8 has been working incredibly hard to get fit.

He said: “He’s the fittest Billy Vunipola we’ve had for a long time but he’s just not ready to play yet.

“He won’t be available for this weekend. Hopefully he’ll be available for London Irish but if not then, Gloucester.”

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