Saracens captain Brad Barritt to undergo fitness test ahead of Premiership final against Exeter

Brad Barritt suffered a hamstring injury
Brad Barritt suffered a hamstring injury

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall confirmed that club skipper Brad Barritt will be given time until Thursday to prove his fitness ahead of the Gallagher Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs to be played at Twickenham Stadium this weekend.

Barritt is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury that he sustained during the semi-final against Gloucester and was initially expected to miss the game on Saturday but McCall feels there is still an outside chance for the 32-year-old to feature in the game at Twickenham.

"To be fair to Brad we want to give him until the end of the week," said McCall.

"With a hamstring injury he obviously can't train. He does have a chance.

"He'll be tested on Thursday to see where he's at and he could be ruled out then, but we might have to wait until we warm up on Saturday to see how it is."

Nick Tompkins, who replaced Barritt went on to score a hat-trick against the Cherry and Whites but McCall stressed on the importance of the experience the former England international possess ahead of the all-important encounter.

Citing that hamstring injury comebacks are not easy, McCall added that Barritt tend to surprise on his return from injuries as seen from a cheekbone injury last season and an ankle ligament tear last month.

"Brad does have this habit of coming back from operations - on his eye socket normally - before these kinds of games," added McCall.

"A hamstring's a bit different because even the bravest people can't do anything about that," he added.

"If it's a grade one it's normally seven-to-10 days. That's always pushing it. His is probably a 1.2 rather than a one, so we'll see."

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