Wasps forward Nathan Hughes looks set to start for England in their Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland on Saturday at Murrayfield.
England head coach Eddie Jones looks set to include the 26-year-old in his starting XV following an injury to Exeter Chiefs’ Sam Simmonds.
Simmonds sustained a shoulder injury in the win over Wales at Twickenham nine days ago.
With Simmonds out, Hughes has had a series of intense fitness sessions in London during the last week as he seeks to show Jones he is sharp enough for an immediate return to the England fold.
The Wasps forward has played only 90 minutes of rugby in the past three months because of two knee injuries.
It was initially feared the number eight may miss all of the Six Nations after damaging knee ligaments during Wasps’ Champions Cup meeting with La Rochelle in December.
However, he featured in the Premiership game at Harlequins last weekend, and is now set to replace the injured Simmonds in the England back row.
With Hughes in line to start at the back of the scrum, James Haskell is likely to be given a place on the bench to provide cover across the back row.