Six Nations: England fly-half Owen Farrell could still recover in time to face Italy
Last Updated: 05/03/13 10:15pm
Farrell still in contention
Owen Farrell has not yet been ruled out of England's RBS Six Nations fixture with Italy at Twickenham on Sunday.
Fly-half Farrell was forced off in the second half of the win over France on February 23 with a thigh injury.
His father, England backs coach Andy Farrell, told Sky Sports News on Tuesday no decision has been made on who starts at stand-off against Italy.
"He's run this morning - not full out - and we need to see how he reacts to that," Andy said of Owen.
"He's going to do a bit more (training) tomorrow, starting with low-level kicking. There are a few more processes before we make any decision."
Andy Farrell on Owen Farrell
"He's going to do a bit more tomorrow, starting with low-level kicking. There are a few more processes before we make any decision."
If Farrell does miss out, Leicester's Toby Flood is his likely deputy and would also assume goal-kicking duties, as he did during the closing stages against France.
England have welcomed Tom Croft back into their squad this week for the first time since the flanker suffered a serious neck injury while playing for Leicester nearly a year ago.
The 27-year-old led his club to victory against Sale last Saturday, the first time he has negotiated back-to-back matches in his 295 minutes of rugby this season.
"It is brilliant for us, Tom and everyone concerned," said former dual-code international Farrell. "He is a class player who has had a terrible time of late.
"It is one thing getting injured, but getting injured with a really serious neck injury must have been a testing time for him.
"To come back and perform like he has done over the last couple of weeks, especially at the weekend, is fantastic news."