England hopeful on injured trio
England are not giving up hope that Alex Corbisiero, Ben Foden and Marland Yarde can play some part in the RBS 6 Nations.
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Head coach Stuart Lancaster included the injured trio in the training squad called to Pennyhill Park on Monday, to begin preparations for the tournament opener against France on February 1.
Northampton Saints prop Corbisiero continues to battle knee trouble, while club-mate Foden has knee ligament problems of his own.
London Irish flyer Yarde ruptured a tendon in his hip in November and was initially ruled out of Six Nations contention.
The 21-year-old's prognosis has continued to improve, though, and this step is the first significant proof England are not ready to accept defeat in Yade's fitness battle.
England met at their base to begin readying themselves for the trip to France, with no new injury concerns.