Cape Town - England head coach Eddie Jones admitted that Owen Farrell is a doubt for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Scotland.
But he was deemed fit enough to start for Saracens last Sunday and will provide England, who are attempting to win a record-equalling 18th consecutive match, with a considerable boost from the bench.
England host Scotland on Saturday in what is expect to be the most competitive Calcutta Cup clash in recent memory as the Scots have looked a dramatically improved outfit in the championship this year, but while Italy surprised England and caught them off guard with their tactics in the ruck, Jones is not expecting any sort of unexpected difficulties this time out.
England on Tuesday appeared to reveal their team selection against Scotland when the written contents of a whiteboard positioned at the side of their training pitch was captured by a photographer.
After wins against Ireland and Wales, Scotland could take the Triple Crown as well as the Calcutta Cup.
Yet after initially suggesting the Saracens back was a "doubt" for Scotland's visit to Twickenham, Jones proceeded to change tack while offering a somewhat farcical explanation of how the injury was sustained.
Replacements: George, Vunipola, Sinckler, Wood, Vunipola, Care, Te'o, Watson.
Scotland: Hogg; Seymour, Jones, Dunbar, Visser; Russell, Price; Wilson, Watson, Barclay (capt), J Gray, R Gray, Fagerson, Brown, Reid.
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"I didn't see what happened but he'll be completely fine".
"We put it to the team that we can choose to kick on, work harder and get better - or we can take our foot off the gas, choose complacency".
They shipped six penalties at scrum-time in defeat to France and will face an experienced England front row hoping to gain a similar advantage.
"We have another two games to go in this Championship and this next one is obviously pretty important".
"We're focused on ourselves; we want to give our fans a really good performance".
"They have a bench which has been coming on and finishing games off".
"That is very good under Eddie Jones, but they tend to win in variety of ways, good or ugly".
Elliot Daly has won all 11 of his games for England; only two players have played more games for any country and maintained a 100% win rate (Charles Piutau 17 and Corey Flynn 15). It's always going to be like that when it comes to the last couple of fixtures in this competition.