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Mark McCall cautious on Saracens star Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola faces a battle to prove his fitness in time for Saracens' Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster.

Saracens take on Leinster on March 31 and director of rugby Mark McCall says Vunipola is a major doubt for the clash.

The England number eight has been missing since January with a fractured arm, missing the Six Nations as a result, and McCall says he has no intention of taking any risks with the 25-year-old.

"It's a little bit uncertain, Billy is in a race against time to be ready for the quarter-final," said McCall, as reported by the Evening Standard.

"We'll make a call on what the surgeon says. If the arm isn't right to play then we won't risk him. He's been injured enough, we don't want to re-injure him.

"Billy is very close to coming back but whether he makes the quarter-final we're not sure yet."

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