Mike Brown close to returning to England training

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has said that fullback Mike Brown’s recovery from concussion is progressing well and he is expected to return to training this week.

Brown missed England’s 19-9 loss to Ireland in the Six Nations last weekend and is still not training with his team mates after being concussed in the match against Italy.

England medics have assessed the squad after last weeks’s Premiership and Six Nations rugby and most players will be released back to their squads this week.

England have two remaning matches in the Six Nations and their next game is at home against Scotland on March 14. Their final game is on the 21st of March against France at Twickenham.

Ireland are the only remaining team that is unbeaten but they have a tricky match in Cardiff against a resurgent Wales ahead. A loss for Ireland at the Millennium Stadium opens the door for Wales and England to win the title..

“Luther Burrell has a calf strain and will not train tomorrow,” said Stuart Lancaster.

“Mike Brown has progressed well and we hope to have him back in full training on Friday.

“The majority of the bench players and non match day 23 will be released back to their clubs over the next 24 hours and be available for this weekend’s Premiership games. “

“We feel they will benefit from some game time and to put themselves in contention for the Scotland match and we will give an update on those players tomorrow (Wednesday)”

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