Saints could be boosted by the return of England star Tom Wood for Saturday’s derby date with Leicester Tigers.
Wood has not featured since suffering a shoulder injury in the win over Gloucester at Franklin’s Gardens on November 27.
Teimana Harrison has since stepped into the Saints seven shirt, winning plenty of plaudits for his impressive performances.
But Mallinder would dearly love to be able to call on Wood for the trip to Welford Road, where Saints have not won since 2007.
And when asked whether he expected to welcome back any of his injured players - Calum Clark, Alex Corbisiero and Jon Fisher have also been sidelined recently - Mallinder said: “We may have some of our back rowers back.
“Tom Wood’s been back in training and Jon Fisher’s been training hard as well so they might be back in the next week or so.”