Saracens star Billy Vunipola in 'race against time' for Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster

James Benge
Injury doubt | Billy Vunipola: Getty Images

Billy Vunipola faces a “race against time” to prove his fitness in time for Saracens’ Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster, director of rugby Mark McCall has confirmed.

The England number eight has been sidelined with a fractured arm since January, missing a dismal Six Nations campaign in which Eddie Jones’ surrendered their title and finished fifth.

Vunipola has endured an 18-month period to forget in terms of fitness and has undergone surgery on his knee and shoulder. As such McCall will not rush back the forward for the quarter-final tie.

“It's a little bit uncertain, Billy is in a race against time to be ready for the quarter-final,” McCall said.

“We'll make a call on what the surgeon says. If the arm isn't right to play then we won't risk him. He's been injured enough, we don't want to re-injure him.

“Billy is very close to coming back but whether he makes the quarter-final we're not sure yet.”