Gloucester outhalf, Danny Cipriani, could return from injury to feature in his side’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Munster this weekend.
The 31-year-old last featured for the Premiership club in last month’s Champions Cup game against Exeter where he suffered an injury to his pectoral muscle.
Head coach, Johan Ackermann, is giving the English flyhalf every opportunity to prove his fitness.
“If you ask Danny, he is ready to go. That’s a good sign for us,” Ackermann told Sportsmail.
“Danny has a fitness test on Thursday, hopefully, he comes through. Yesterday was a big marker because we had a semi-contact training. He did his own contact yesterday, too.”
“If the medical staff clear him then he’ll be up for selection. I will give him as much time as possible, as it has been a short turnaround from Leicester on Saturday, but will take guidance from the medical team.”
“I like it if players are as strong as they were before the injury.”
Munster bagged a bonus point win when the sides met in Thomond Park earlier in the competition with tries from Mike Haley, Rhys Marshall, Joey Carbery, Sammy Arnold and Andrew Conway.
Cipriani received a straight red in that clash when his shoulder made direct contact with Rory Scannell’s head after 29 minutes.
He joined Gloucester in the summer of last year, taking a hefty pay cut to move from Wasps. His currently deal with the club runs out in 2020 but it is expected that Cipriani will sign a contract extension in what would be a huge boost for the club.
Though England head coach, Eddie Jones, has given no indication that Cipriani is part of his international plans, Ackermann insists that the outhalf is keen to remain in the country.
“This is purely a decision that he wants to stay in the English competition — and it is a privilege he wants to stay with Gloucester specifically”, he said.
“The World Cup is this year, so he could have signed, stayed until the 2019-20 season and then gone wherever.”
“The fact that he wants to extend beyond that puts the club’s ambitions before England. He wants to stay regardless of what happens with England.”
“It is a big compliment if a player of his quality wants to stay with us so we can bring his career on. Hopefully, it can be done.”