Billy Vunipola has been sidelined since injuring his knee in November
The England international suffered the injury in the clash against Argentina
He is set to make his playing return for Saracens against Newcastle on Sunday
England number eight Billy Vunipola is set for a shock early return to action for his club Saracens against Newcastle on Sunday, boosting his hopes of a 2017 Six Nations call-up.
The 24-year-old powerhouse has been out of action since November with a knee injury.
However, according to BBC Sport his recovery has progressed quicker than expected with him looking sharp on his return to full training this week.
With another week to train, Vunipola could now be in contention to face Scotland on 11 March, or Ireland a week later.
The 24-year-old underwent a medical assessment with England last week and could soon be ready to reinforce England’s quest for a second successive Grand Slam.
‘It’s pretty positive. We’re working with Saracens to see when he’s going to be available to play. We haven’t written off the hope he’ll play in the Six Nations. He’s looking fit,’ Jones said.