England (4/1 Rugby World Cup outright) backs coach Andy Farrell says full-back Mike Brown is looking good after completing his first full week of contact training.
The Harlequins star has not played since being knocked out against Italy in the Six Nations in February but was recently given the all-clear and travelled with the rest of the Red Rose squad for their two-week high-altitude training camp in Denver.
Having missed out in 2007 and 2011, the 29-year-old will be desperate to earn selection for the World Cup and could now make an appearance in his side’s first of two warm-up matches against France on August 15.
With England (11/10 favourites Pool A outright) being drawn against both Wales (5/2) and Australia (2/1) in Pool A, they will need all of their players to be on form and an injury such as concussion could be a major concern.
Brown is seen as a key part of the back-line and after seeing him complete a first full week of contact training, Farrell says he would have no doubts about selecting 29-year-old.
“We’ve done a lot of contact stuff and Mike hasn’t missed a beat,” he told the Rugby Paper. “He’s answered all the questions asked of him, like the rest of the squad, and we’re really pleased with how he’s developing.
“We’re advised by the medics over Mike and they’re not concerned at all; they’re happy so we’re happy. We’ve asked a lot of questions physically of the players and there’s been no ramifications with Mike whatsoever on the back of that.
“We’re confident he’ll be in shape for the warm-up games and he’s been getting stuck into all the contact we’ve been doing and is 100 per cent.”