Haskell boost for England

Ashton and Youngs heading home

Last Updated: 26/01/10 7:33pm

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Haskell: knee injury

Haskell: knee injury

Sky Bet

England flanker James Haskell is set to begin light training after a positive update on his knee injury.

The Stade Francais forward suffered the injury during his team's 9-7 Heineken Cup loss to Edinburgh last Saturday.

But a scan has shown no structural damage and Haskell will be reintroduced to light training in the next 36 hours.

That suggets the 22-cap Haskell will be fit for England's Six Nations opener against Wales on February 6.

The England squad is currently based in Portugal, although two players - Northampton wing Chris Ashton and Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs - are set to return home on Tuesday evening.

Uncapped Ashton, the Guinness Premiership's leading try-scorer this season, will be available to play for Saints in their LV= Cup clash against Sale Sharks on Friday before rejoining the England squad in Surrey two days later.

Youngs, meanwhile, will link up with the England Saxons, who are currently preparing in Bath for Sunday's game against Ireland A.

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