JONNY May could earn a call-up into England’s Elite Player Squad when boss Stuart Lancaster names his Six Nations Squad today (3pm).
Lancaster is set to retain the majority of the squad he selected ahead of the autumn campaign.
But with a lengthy casualty list giving plenty of cause for concern ahead of the Six Nations there will also be recalls, call-ups and maybe even a bolt from the blue.
Lancaster is set to retain the majority of his crocked stars, for the time being at least.
Here, rugby writer Mike Brown takes a look at who is currently in the squad, injured and in line for a call-up
Back three: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Alex Goode (Saracens) Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Injured: Christian Wade (London Wasps), Marland Yarde (London Irish) Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Six Nations call-up candidates: Jonny May, David Strettle, Charlie Sharples, Anthony Watson, Jack Nowell.
Verdict: Three injuries in the back three have turned this into a problem position for Lancaster but there are plenty of options available.
Watson could be a bolt out of the blue and May should join him for his prolific strike-rate in a misfiring Gloucester side.
Centres: Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby) Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Injured: Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers). Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
Six Nations recall: Brad Barritt
Verdict: With Tuilagi ruled out England appear short of options that bring a real physical presence but have plenty of players that have X-factor.
Barritt will certainly be recalled and could be used alongside Twelvetrees but both are specialist inside centres. Henry Trinder has been widely tipped for the number 13 jersey but is struggling with a groin problem and may pay the price for some glaring defensive errors.
Fly-halves: Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby) Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Six Nations call-up candidates: Stephen Myler, George Ford, Danny Cipriani.
Verdict: Another area where Lancaster is blessed with plenty of options but Farrell is nailed on for the number 10 jersey. Flood and Burns are at the centre of a transfer merry-go-round. The Leicester man could pay the price for his impending move to France with Lancaster casting an eye to the future, while Burns is desperately out of form but should cling on. Ford to be called up and deputise for Farrell.
Scrum-halves: Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Verdict: No change
Props: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Injured: Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints): Lancaster is desperately short of front-row options and Lions power-house Corbisiero will be retained.
Hookers: Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Second-rows: David Attwood (Bath Rugby) Joe Launchbury (London Wasps) Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Injured: Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Six Nations call-up candidates: George Slater, Graham Kitchener.: Parling is likely to be retained with former Gloucester man Attwood moving into the starting XV. Lancaster could look to Kitchener.
Back row: Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby) Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby),
Injured: Tom Croft
Verdict: Both Morgan and Kvesic can expect the call from Lancaster but both have fallen down the pecking order. Vunipola is the outright favourite to pull on the number eight jersey and while his back chat at Kingsholm was unnecessary he brings all the dynamism to put the Red Rose on the front foot. England are still crying out for a genuine openside and Kvesic could be the answer but currently short of form.