Fisher fit and firing for LV= Cup test against Newcastle Falcons

FIT AGAIN - Jon Fisher will return against Newcastle Falcons
FIT AGAIN - Jon Fisher will return against Newcastle Falcons

Jim Mallinder has confirmed Jon Fisher will be available for Saturday’s game against Newcastle Falcons at Franklin’s Gardens.

Fisher has missed the past two games after feeling ill in the Aviva Premiership clash with Sale Sharks.

But the flanker, who signed for Saints after a successful trial during the summer, is ready to resume his impressive start to life in Northampton.

“He’s back and available this weekend,” said Mallinder.

“It was unfortunate he missed out for the past couple of weeks, he was poorly for a few days and it allowed opportunities for others, notably Phil Dowson.

“But he’s back now and raring to go.

“We’re delighted with the way he played at the beginning of the season and he’ll be involved this weekend.”

Another piece of good news comes in the form of Sam Dickinson, who is expected back next month after recovering from neck surgery.

“He’s making really good progress,” said Mallinder.

“He lost a bit of weight after his operation and he’s worked hard to put that back on, especially with his strength in the gym.

“He’s out running and we’re very, very hopeful that he’ll be back in training in the next few weeks and playing for us very soon.”

George Pisi is another player currently sidelined, after pulling his hamstring in the defeat at Racing Metro.

And Mallinder said: “George is recovering, he’s making good progress.

“He can’t get out there and sprint or anything because he’s just a couple of weeks into pulling his hamstring.

“It’s getting better and he’s back at the club now being managed by our physios and we’ll look after him until he’s ready to go again.”