HEAD coach Carl Hogg is hopeful flanker Sam Lewis will be fit for Worcester Warriors’ home clash against Saracens on Friday (7.45pm).

The Welshman was forced off with a neck problem on the half hour mark in Warriors’ 24-19 defeat at Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership last Friday.

But Hogg did not believe the injury was serious and was optimistic of the 26-year-old’s chances of being available for Worcester’s next fixture.

“Sam is fine,” Hogg said.

“He got a neck injury, but I don’t think it is hugely significant, so hopefully he will be available for next weekend.”

Hogg has also allayed fears over the extent of Pierce Phillips’ injury after the lock pulled up sharply five minutes into the second half at Kingsholm.

“We got communication that Pierce got a dead leg and I think his hamstring tightened off the back of that,” Hogg said.

Warriors will also be boosted by the performances of David Denton and Christian Scotland-Williamson who replaced Lewis and Phillips respectively.

Denton made his first appearance since sustaining damage to his calf and Achilles in the opening minute of Warriors’ pre-season friendly against Hartpury last month.

The Scotland international joined Worcester this summer after two injury-hit seasons at Bath.

“David got injured in a pre-season game so it is great to have him back involved,” Hogg added.

“Hopefully we can build more strength in depth and competition for places.”

Meanwhile, full-back Chris Pennell who has overcome a quad injury is expected to play in Worcester Cavaliers' match against Northampton Wanderers at Sixways on Monday (7.30pm).