Jim Mallinder has confirmed Brian Mujati is fit to return for Saints’ Aviva Premiership game against Bath on Saturday.
Mujati has not played since being forced off with a calf injury in the 17-16 defeat to Saracens on December 30.
In his absence, Tom Mercey has taken the tighthead starting spot, with Paul Doran-Jones providing back-up from the bench.
With Mujati now back in the mix, Mallinder has a welcome selection headache for this weekend’s clash at Franklin’s Gardens.
“Brian Mujati is now back,” said Mallinder. “He’s available for the weekend. He’s trained this week so it’s fantastic to have him back.
“It gives us options. We’re not complaining. You always want all your best players available.
“We’ve got some difficult games to come and we’ll need all of our squad and all of our tightheads playing well and ready for the rest of the season.”
Mallinder is also buoyed by the presence of full-back Ben Foden, who played the full 80 minutes at Worcester last weekend.
The RFU had asked for Foden to be rested for the previous week’s game against Gloucester, but though they are monitoring him carefully, he will play on Saturday.
“He’s available,” said Mallinder. “He’s been returned and he’s been training so he’s raring to go.
“I was pleased with him last week. After his week off he really came and his performance was really up a notch. Hopefully that will go up another notch this week.”
Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes, who both played at Worcester, have been retained by England, along with Tom Wood, who did not feature in the game at Sixways.