Steve Borthwick a doubt for Saracens finals

The former England international lock intends to call it a day following the finals of the Heineken Cup and Aviva Premiership, which see the London club take on Toulon and Northampton Saints respectively.

However, a pectoral injury threatens to spoil the 34-year-old’s send off, and he is facing a race against time to be fit for the crucial double header.

“He’s made some progress actually this week so I suppose we’re optimistic, but we’ll make a decision towards the end of the week,” Saracens coach Mark McCall is quoted as saying by Sky Sports .

“He’s got a chance. He hasn’t trained yet and there’s a few things he’s got to do before he’s declared fit, but we’ll make a firm decision on Thursday.

“We wouldn’t play him unless he’s proven he can play, functionally he’s got to be strong enough to play.

“We wouldn’t gamble at all with him. He’s got a significant injury to his pectoral muscle.”

And McCall sympathised with his captain’s plight, adding: “It would just prove that life’s unfair, because no one deserves to play in a Heineken Cup final and a Premiership final in his last two games of rugby more than Steve Borthwick to be honest.

“So fingers crossed that will happen. Already there’s no self-pity with Steve, he’s been massively involved in the preparation in the last two days, so he’ll have a massive contribution to make whatever happens.

“We want him to play in a game like that for us, a guy with big-match experience who is a tremendous leader in every respect. But if he doesn’t play we’ve just got to get on with it.”

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