Jim Mallinder has confirmed James Wilson is a ‘few weeks’ away from a return to action.
Wilson picked up a calf injury in the 24-15 Heineken Cup win against Glasgow earlier this month, forcing him to miss the recent games against Castres and Saracens.
The full-back’s absence, allied with Ben Foden’s ankle problem, had led to fly-half Stephen Myler starting at 15 for the previous two encounters.
But with Myler picking up a hamstring injury in the 16-6 defeat to Saracens on Saturday, Saints are likely to turn to Tom May for the east midlands derby at Leicester on Saturday.
“He’s a few weeks off,” said Mallinder of Wilson.
And on the subject of Myler, the Saints boss said: “Hamstring. Couldn’t continue. Sore, so we’ll see.”
England star Foden remains on the sidelines after damaging ankle ligaments in the win at Bath last month and he is expected back in mid-December.
And Mallinder says his first-choice full-back is continuing to make good progress after having surgery on the problem.
“(He’s) a few weeks away,” said the director of rugby. “He’s improving well and he’s making a good improvement.”