Steve Borthwick facing late fitness test for Saracens

Saracens captain Steve Borthwick faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup final against Toulon.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has confirmed that captain Steve Borthwick will face a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup final against Toulon.

The 34-year-old lock suffered a pectoral injury last weekend during his side's victory over Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals.

Despite some concern over Borthwick's fitness, McCall is confident that the veteran will be available for the match in Cardiff.

"He's made some progress actually this week so I suppose we're optimistic but we'll make a decision towards the end of the week," the coach is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

"He's got a chance. He hasn't trained yet and there are a few things he's got to do before he's declared fit but we'll make a firm decision on Thursday."

Borthwick confirmed back in November that he will be retiring at the end of the season.

Saracens' Owen Farrell celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third try against Clermont Auvergne during the Heineken Cup semi-final match on April 26, 2014
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