England set to welcome Chase and Tomkins back
30th October 2012
England coach Steve McNamara could have a full-strength squad to select from, with the exception of Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin (hamstring), when the national side take on France at MS3 Craven Park, Hull on Saturday (2.30pm).
Full-back Sam Tomkins and half-back Rangi Chase both missed the Wales game with knee and groin injuries respectively but resumed full training with the rest of the England squad in Loughborough on Tuesday.
Chase was initially ruled out of the tournament after picking up his injury on England's training camp in South Africa but further scans revealed it not to be so serious.
"There was a little bit of a mix-up with the initial diagnosis but, once we got back from South Africa, the specialist gave him the all-clear to do some rehab work," McNamara said.
"It's another player potentially fit for the weekend. We won't rush either of them but, if they come through, they will come into consideration."
McNamara, who is set to announce a 19-man squad on Thursday, says he is likely to keep changes to a minimum.
"We don't get too many games at international level so we don't want to mess about too much," he said.
"Last year we had a lot of consistency throughout the Four Nations and I think that helped us in terms of improved performance.
"I'm not saying there will only be one change, as there was in last year's tournament - there will certainly be more than that - but we won't make unnecessary changes for the sake of it."
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