George Pisi in fitness fight for Bath trip

INJURY DOUBT - George Pisi in action against Exeter before he was forced off

INJURY DOUBT - George Pisi in action against Exeter before he was forced off

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Dorian West says Saints will assess the fitness of centre George Pisi on Thursday morning as they decide whether to name him in the squad for Friday’s game at Bath.

But Courtney Lawes is unlikely to be risked, with West claiming the England lock ‘won’t be far off in another week or so’.

Pisi was withdrawn after 35 minutes of the 24-21 win against Exeter at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday.

And he remains a doubt for the trip to The Rec, with Luther Burrell, who scored a try in Sunday’s clash, likely to replace the Samoan should he miss out.

“It’s ongoing treatment with him (Pisi) and we’ll assess where he is tomorrow morning,” said West.

And on the subject of Lawes, who has out since July after picking up an elbow injury during pre-season training, West said: “He’s not far off, Courtney. We had a look at him in training yesterday (Tuesday) and we’ll talk about him later.

“He’s improved, he’s worked hard over the last eight weeks and he won’t be far off, another week or so I think.”

James Craig, Paul Diggin (both knee), Jamie Elliott (hamstring) and Sam Dickinson (arm) are absent as they continue to recover from injury, while Calum Clark remains banned.