WORCESTER Warriors will make a late call on the fitness of fly-half Jono Lance ahead of Friday's Premiership Cup semi-final against Saracens at Sixways (7.45pm).

Lance returned to the club on Monday after spending the final few weeks of his rehabilitation from a back injury in his native Australia.

Last week boss Alan Solomons said the Aussie playmaker who has not played since mid-October would “definitely” feature in the last-four encounter.

But speaking today Solomons was less confident over Lance’s involvement as he stressed the importance of taking a “conservative” approach with three months left of the season.

“Jono has come back,” Solomons said.

“But we will have to assess his situation.

“He has taken part in training this week but we have got to look at it as he has been out for a considerable period.

“As you know he had a stress fracture to his back so we have got to be careful and we will be measured before we take a decision on him.”

Lance’s former club Queensland Reds have been assisting with his recovery as he bids to launch his comeback.

“We have got to see how he tracks in training and see what reaction he gets,” Solomons continued.

“I would rather be conservative in the way that we bleed him back into rugby because there is a long season ahead of us and a lot of rugby to be played.”

Scotland stand-off Duncan Weir was among a number of Warriors stars that returned to competitive action last Sunday as they came from behind to beat Wasps 35-23.

But with less than a week to prepare for their meeting with Saracens and four “heavy” Gallagher Premiership games on the horizon Solomons is likely to ring the changes again.

“We had a tough game on Sunday where the lads had to get some game-time,” Solomons said.

“With a five-day turnaround and the Premiership block coming up the following week you have got to take cognisance of that.

“There has got to be a rotation.

“It is not ideal for lads to back up games.

“At least going into the Harlequins game (at the Stoop next Saturday) there is an eight-day turnaround.

“But to have a game with a five-day turnaround is not easy.”