Saints boss Mallinder delighted as Fisher returns from injury

BACK IN ACTION - Jon Fisher on the attack for Saints in Saturday's clash with Saracens (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
BACK IN ACTION - Jon Fisher on the attack for Saints in Saturday's clash with Saracens (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Jim Mallinder says Jon Fisher will add real strength to the Saints squad after making a successful return from injury.

The flanker put in an impressive performance in Saturday’s LV= Cup semi-final defeat at Saracens.

It was his first game time since recovering from a foot injury sustained at Scarlets in early November.

And Mallinder was delighted to have the powerful 26-year-old back in action.

“Jon’s been out a long time but I thought he made a really good contribution,” said the Saints director of rugby.

“We took him off because his legs were going a little bit as it was his first game back, but he’ll play a lot more games this season and really add to the squad.”

Fisher was taken off 15 minutes into the second half with Alex Corbisiero, who took a bang to the shoulder, also replaced.

But Mallinder has allayed fears over the England prop’s early withdrawal.

“That was just a bit of a stinger so no problem there,” he said.

“We got quite a lot on cuts on that (artificial) surface but generally the lads are fine, just disappointed.”

Jon’s been out a long time but I thought he made a really good contribution

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder

Corbisiero supported his boss’s claims that the injury was nothing serious.

He tweeted: “Was a tough 1 to lose today.. Need to play for full 80! Shoulder is fine. Gr8 2 see @JonathanFisher6 back out there!”