Eddie Jones has confirmed Jonny May and Owen Farrell will be fit for the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa on Saturday.
Both men have played key roles in getting England to the semi-final, but May left the pitch against New Zealand in some discomfort after suffering a dead leg early on.
The Leicester Tigers winger was struggling with a hamstring injury before the contest, but it became clear he was struggling soon on as he failed to outpace Scott Barrett on the left wing.
Although Jones has assembled a strong squad for the tournament in Japan, the absence of two influential members like May and Farrell would have seriously hampered England’s chances.
However, the Red Rose coach has confirmed both are fit and raring to go for the challenge of South Africa.
“We had a walk through this (Monday) morning and we had to tell Jonny to slow down a bit,” Jones said.
“He’s probably in better condition than he was last week at this stage. Immeasurably better.”
Owen Farrell also incurred a dead leg in the first-half of arguably the greatest victory in English rugby history but managed to put in an imperious performance, albeit while handing the kicking duties to George Ford.
“Owen’s a bit sore but he’ll be fine. We’ve got a few others carrying bumps and bruises because it was a tough old game,” Jones said.
England will on Monday be joined at their Tokyo base by Ben Spencer, the Saracens scrum-half who has been summoned as an injury replacement for hamstring-injury victim Willi Heinz.
Heinz’s tournament is over but he will remain with the squad to help prepare Spencer, who will make his World Cup debut as a replacement in the final.
“It’s tough for Willi. He’s been a great contributor, a very well-liked member of the squad, and he was in tears in the dressing room,” Jones said.
“It’s tough for him but he’s now collected himself and he knows he’s got another role to play for us and he’ll fulfil that role really well this week.
“The great thing is Willi wanted to stay and we wanted him to stay so it wasn’t a hard discussion. He’s just a great bloke. He works hard for the team.
“It’s like when you want to get married. If the lady wants to marry you and you offer to marry, it’s a pretty easy conversation. So it was an easy conversation.
“Ben Youngs and him have got a really good relationship and even now he’s already started to mentor Ben Spencer. He’s a really great team man.”