CENTRE Will Butler is a week away from being ready for action according to Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons.

The 20-year-old academy star is back in training after recovering from elbow surgery that was expected to rule him out until December.

Solomons admitted Sunday’s Premiership Cup clash at Saracens (3pm) came “a week too early” for Butler but said he was “looking good”.

“He is probably about a week off but is close to being ready to play,” Solomons said.

“He is starting to be fully integrated into the practises so I am pretty positive about him.

“This weekend’s game is a week too early. He has been out for a while so one would rather be conservative and make sure when he comes back he is 100 per cent.

“He is probably ahead of schedule so he has done really well.

“We have got good medical staff and Johan (Pretorius, head of performance) and his team of conditioners have worked hard with him so he is looking good.”

Solomons said centre Ollie Lawrence would also not be risked against Saracens after picking up a dead leg in last Saturday’s 31-12 victory at Leicester Tigers.

“Ollie has not taken part in practises so he won’t be considered for selection,” Solomons said.

“But it’s nothing major and there is no point in playing him if he is not 100 per cent right.”

Solomons also gave a positive update on the progress of hooker Isaac Miller, saying he will be back “at the end of the month”.

Miller who joined Worcester from London Scottish in the summer, fractured his collarbone in Warriors’ pre-season opener against Benetton.

“He is making good progress,” Solomons said.

“Johan has worked really well with him but he has trained like a Trojan.”

Lock Pierce Phillips failed to make the trip to Leicester due to problem with his shin and is unlikely to travel to Sarries.

“We probably won’t consider him for this week,” Solomons said.

“I think the extra time off will be good for him just to get over all those niggles and feel 100 per cent.”