Borthwick returning 'soon'
England captain working hard to rehabilitate knee injury
Last Updated: 26/03/10 4:30pm
Borthwick: Hopes to be back soon
Saracens have said that Steve Borthwick hopes to return "soon" from the knee injury he recently picked up on England duty.
The England captain missed the final match of the RBS Six Nations campaign against France at the weekend after suffering the injury in their previous match against Scotland almost a fortnight ago.
Although Borthwick will definitely miss Sarries' Guinness Premiership clash at home to Newcastle on Sunday, there has been speculation that he could be a long-term absentee.
There has even been talk that he could miss both the remainder of the season and England's five-match tour in June that features Tests against Australia in Perth and Sydney.
However, a statement posted on Saracens' official club website hinted at a more positive prognosis.
It read: "Steve Borthwick sustained an injury to his left knee while playing for England against Scotland in the Six Nations.
"After meeting with the Saracens and England medical team, the second-row is currently working hard on his rehabilitation programme.
"His progress is being constantly monitored and he hopes to return to first team action with Saracens soon."