There may be a doubt for England’s Six Nations opening after Jamie George suffered a dubious concussion in the Saracens’ Champions Cup defeat to Edinburgh.
The hooker was shown the yellow card for a loud tackle that resulted in a head-on collision with Luke Crosbie earlier in the half.
After 10 minutes in the sin box, Saracens was allowed to return to the fight by the medical team, but was later stopped by the independent match doctor.
George faces a waiting period of at least seven days as England kick-off their Six Nations campaign against Scotland on February 4.
“I don’t know exactly what happened,” said Mark McCall, the Saracens’ rugby director.
“Apparently Jamie passed his SED (head injury assessment) and someone took a closer look at it and thought it would be better if he pulled out of the game.
“And of course it’s the right decision.”
Dave Cherry and Pierre Schoeman crossed for Edinburgh, while Blair Kinghorn added two penalties and the same amount of conversions, and Alex Goode scored three penalties for the Saracens before Ben Earl’s late effort.
“We started the game really badly – we were passive and we lost,” McCall added.
“Oddly enough, when we were down to 13 people, we showed how we should be with 15 people – that was really good.
“When we got down to 13, our struggle and effort was incredible. If you walk away from home and give 19 penalties then you won’t be able to win many games.
“I’m not sure we should be as passive defensive as we are today because that’s not for us.”
Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair says he wanted his team to die by hitting the ball after 80 minutes were up to settle for a six-point win when they needed to score again to secure a home draw in the last 16.
“We wanted them to start,” he insisted, as Edinburgh made their way to Leicester on the next round.
“We made this call. You don’t always get it right, but in our view Sam Skinner was in the sin box, we were playing against a rough breeze and we didn’t have momentum on the offense.
We felt the Saracens were gaining momentum in the last 10 minutes. Therefore, it was decided that we would win three of our four Champions Cup games and beat the Saracens, who had only lost one of their last 16 games.
“We would have loved a home game, but we felt the odds were against us so we made money. We were aware of the situation and are comfortable with taking the win.”
“The Saracens were really against us in the collapse and I felt that luck was against us.”