Rugby World Cup 2011

Injured Wilkinson in training

2011-10-04 10:28
Jonny Wilkinson (File)

Auckland - England received a boost ahead of this weekend's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France with flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson taking part in Tuesday's team training session.

Wilkinson, 32, whose drop goal secured the 2003 World Cup for England, injured his right elbow near the end of Saturday's 16-12 win over Scotland at Eden Park as Martin Johnson's men finished top of Pool B.

A scan has cleared match-winning pivot Wilkinson of serious injury but his fitness still remains uncertain ahead of Thursday's team announcement.

"Jonny Wilkinson took part in this afternoon’s light training session as he recovers from an elbow injury sustained against Scotland," a team spokesman said.

The Toulon-based Wilkinson won his 88th England cap against the Scots and he raised his points tally for his country to 1 177, an international total bettered only by New Zealand's Dan Carter.

If Wilkinson is not fit to play then Leicester's Toby Flood is his likely replacement.

The team spokesperson said centre Mike Tindall did not train and continues to receive treatment for a stiff leg.

Tindall limped off against Scotland after midfield partner Manu Tuilagi trod on his leg.

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