THERE are doubts over the fitness of a number of Worcester Warriors’ stars ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sale Sharks at Sixways (3pm).

Wingers Josh Adams (leg) and Bryce Heem (foot), locks Michael Fatialofa (back), Anton Bresler (calf) and Pierce Phillips (head) and fly-half Jono Lance (head) all face a race to be fit for the Gallagher Premiership match.

Front row duo Nick Schonert (back) and Jack Singleton (elbow) are expected to return and boss Alan Solomons is optimistic over the availability of Adams and Heem.

But he insists “things will only crystallise later in the week” as second-from-bottom Warriors prepare for the first of their final four games of the season.

“It wasn’t great last week,” said Solomons who was hit by several injuries ahead of last weekend’s 28-16 defeat at Wasps.

“We like to pride ourselves on the depth of our squad but particularly at the end of an attritional season you are going to have injuries.

“We did lose a lot of players last week and some of them at a late stage.

“Nick is looking fine having taken part in practice on Tuesday so I am optimistic about him and Jack has been in training as well so that is another positive.

“But there are one of two others that we are waiting to see.

“Michael didn’t take part on Tuesday so we will wait and see how things travel with him.

“We are optimistic about Bryce.”

Bresler and Adams were forced off through injury against Wasps and Solomons is set to make a late call on the pair for the Sale clash.

“We will assess Anton on Thursday and see how he is travelling,” Solomons said.

“Josh is another one of those we have got to look at.

“I am pretty positive about him but we have got to wait and see.

“Things will only crystallise later on in the week.”

Solomons said he was also hopeful Phillips and Lance who have been recovering from knocks to the head would be in the mix for selection.

“Jono was cleared to practise on Tuesday so we have got to see how he comes out of that,” Solomons said.

“His situation is slightly different to the others as it was a head injury but we have got to have a look at him.

“I am hoping that Pierce will come through the (return-to-play) protocol but we have got to see as the week drags on.”

First-choice hooker Singleton is poised to make his first outing since injuring his elbow in the loss at Newcastle Falcons last month.

Warriors’ pack is also set to be boosted by the return of tigthead prop Schonert who was ruled out of the trip to Wasps with a back problem.

“Nick and Jack will definitely play,” Solomons added.

“Every side is going to pick up injuries, some sides are more fortunate than others and it depends when you pick them up.

“Last week wasn’t ideal as we lost Michael the day before the game, Nick on the day and Bryce earlier on in the week.

“We have also got other players out like GJ (van Velze) but that’s rugby.

“We are in week 44 of the season so you expect these things (to happen).”