England were today finally offered some encouraging news on the injury front when London Wasps predicted that Simon Shaw should be available to face Argentina.
Shaw is on course to make his first appearance since the British & Irish Lions tour in Sunday's Guinness Premiership clash with Leeds Carnegie after recovering from a metatarsal injury.
The 36-year-old was omitted from England's senior squad for the autumn series against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand to enable Martin Johnson to secure cover at second row.
But Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks insisted that should Shaw emerge unscathed from matches against Leeds and London Irish a week later, England must pick him to face the Pumas on November 14.
"Simon should be back for Leeds, if he comes through this week. He's been working hard and looks ready to go," said Hanks.
"England will be looking at him. He hasn't played since the Lions and they say you're only as good as your last game, so he's in a nice spot at the moment.
"That was a while back though and Simon himself feels he needs to get some rugby under his belt. Seeing him back in an England jersey would be great.
"With most players you'd say two games wouldn't be enough, but Simon Shaw is not a normal player.
"If he comes through the next two weeks feeling like he's ready, then you put him in because he'll be ready."
Shaw's exclusion left Wasps with just two players - Tim Payne and Joe Worsley - in England's squad for the November internationals.