Borthwick in all-clear for autumn Tests

ENGLAND captain Steve Borthwick&rsquo;s rollercoaster injury ride took another upturn yesterday after he was given the green light to play in the autumn internationals.<br /><br />Saracens feared their skipper had suffered an eye socket fracture when he was forced off in their narrow 19-16 win over Gloucester on Sunday. But scans yesterday revealed nothing more sinister than extreme swelling around the eye, clearing the lock for international duty in November. <br /><br />The 29-year-old now faces between two and four weeks on the sidelines, meaning England manager Martin Johnson will have his leader at his disposal come 7 November when Australia visit Twickenham. <br /><br />This latest twist comes after Borthwick picked up a rib injury earlier this month. There were concerns he had suffered a fracture, but a scan revealed only heavy bruising and he strapped himself up for the visit of Gloucester. <br /><br />Martin Johnson will be desperate to call upon Borthwick&rsquo;s experience after losing other key personnel from his squad. He is already without injured <br />Brive centre Riki Flutey and London Irish full-back Delon Armitage for the entire autumn programme. And Harlequins starlet Jordan Turner-Hall faces a long spell on the treatment table after having shoulder surgery last week. The 21-year-old, whose early season form won praise, suffered a tear to the tissue in his shoulder joint.<br /><br />Borthwick&rsquo;s immediate loss is a blow to Premiership leaders Saracens. The Vicarage Road outfit sit pretty at the top after four wins from four &ndash; the league&rsquo;s only 100 per cent record.