LOCK Michael Fatialofa is taking a “full part in training” as he aims to be back fit in time for Worcester Warriors’ upcoming Gallagher Premiership games.

The New Zealander was unavailable for last Sunday’s Premiership Cup clash with Wasps due to a shoulder injury.

Boss Alan Solomons has also ruled Fatialofa out of Friday's semi-final against Saracens (7.45pm) but is optimistic about the forward’s progress heading into their block of four league fixtures.

Warriors visit Harlequins a week on Saturday before tackling Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons and Exeter Chiefs.

“I don’t think he is 100 per cent ready yet,” Solomons said. “We will probably wait another week before we play him.

“He is practising now and is taking a full part in training which is pretty positive. He just took a knock to his shoulder, that’s all. It’s a question of treatment, rehab, rest and recovery.”

Warriors were forced to make changes to the front row against Wasps after props Nick Schonert and Callum Black sustained injuries.

Schonert left the field on 34 minutes with a blow to his head before Black dislocated his finger shortly after the interval.

“Nick will definitely not be considered,” Solomons said. “He took a knock but he should be absolutely fine for the Quins game.

“Callum’s finger has gone back in so he should be OK. I think he will be OK for this week’s game if needed. Anton Bresler also took a bang. But he has trained this week so there is no problem.”

Should Warriors beat Saracens they would host Northampton Saints or Newcastle Falcons on Sunday, March 17, in the final.

Worcester face Harlequins at Sixways in the European Challenge Cup last eight on Saturday, March 30 (8.15pm).

“If you look at it we are just backing up games all the time so we will need our full squad,” Solomons said.

“But of course we are going to do everything in our power to win this game on Friday.

“Our aim was to do as well as we possibly could in every competition that we play.

“The fact we have got a home quarter-final and a home semi-final in two different competitions is fantastic for the club, the players and our supporters.”