Jim Mallinder expects James Wilson to return to the Saints team for the game against Glasgow Warriors on Sunday.
Wilson missed the game at London Irish last weekend due to a muscle strain in his leg, meaning Mallinder was forced to shuffle his pack.
It didn’t work out as was hoped as Vasily Artemyev, filling in for Wilson at full-back, struggled and Saints slipped to a 39-17 defeat.
But Wilson, who has impressed in his two starts this season, scoring two tries, will return for the Heineken Cup clash with the Warriors.
“We expect James to play,” said Mallinder. “He’s trained this week and he’s been out with the team.”
Another man returning to the side will be skipper Dylan Hartley, who suffered a fractured eye socket in the game against Wasps two weeks ago.
Like Wilson, he too was ruled out of the Irish encounter but will start this weekend after passing fitness tests on Monday.
“Dylan had a slight problem but he’s trained all this week as well and he’ll be starting at the weekend,” confirmed Mallinder.
South African No.8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze will also return to the selection picture as his four-week ban for a tip tackle on Exeter’s Will Chudley came to an end on Wednesday.
But long-term injury victims Ben Foden, George Pisi, Paul Diggin and Christian Day are definitely out.