LOCK Michael Fatialofa is expected to return to training later this week as he battles to overcome a virus.

The New Zealander was a late withdrawal from Worcester Warriors’ starting line-up to face Saracens at Allianz Park last weekend after coming down with a fever on the eve of the Gallagher Premiership match.

But Solomons is hopeful Fatialofa will recover in time for Saturday’s meeting with Bath at Sixways (3pm).

“Michael is not great and hasn’t been back yet,” Solomons said.

“But we will see how he pitches up on Thursday and then we can take it from there.

“He has got a bit of a virus so it’s got to run its course but we anticipate that he will be able to train fully on Thursday."

Despite the blow of losing Fatialofa, Warriors’ lineout ran smoothly against Saracens with Pierce Phillips and then Darren Barry making the calls.

“We had worked hard on the lineout and Michael was an integral part of that,” Solomons said.

“On the Friday afternoon I knew he was not going to play as he went down with a fever.

“I spoke to the doctors and they said there was very little chance of him playing.

“I said ‘Please look at him in the morning’ but we had already set everything up (if Michael wasn’t available) and I thought the lads did well in the lineout.”