DIRECTOR of rugby Alan Solomons is “hopeful” flanker Sam Lewis will be fit for Worcester Warriors’ trip to Northampton Saints on Saturday (2pm).

Lewis was ruled out of the Gallagher Premiership opener against Leicester Tigers at Sixways with a “popped rib”.

But speaking after Saturday’s 24-16 victory Solomons said he was optimistic Lewis would be available for selection.

Lewis has made the number seven shirt his own at Warriors in recent seasons, playing in all but two of their Premiership matches last term.

“I am very positive about Sammy,” Solomons said.

“Resting him like we did made a massive difference.

“He has been training with Johan (Pretorius, head of performance) and is in good form.

“We will obviously be careful with him during the week but I am hopeful he will get the all-clear to be available for selection.”

Lewis sustained the injury in Warriors’ bruising 34-19 defeat to Exeter Chiefs two weeks ago and had to be replaced by Matti Williams.

The Welshman was then named on the bench for the following Premiership Cup match against Wasps and came on for Marco Mama twice in the 39-6 loss.

When asked about the extent of Lewis' injury, Solomons said: “It’s like a rib cartilage (injury). It can vary as to how bad it is.

“Sam is a tough boy so it’s about your ability to withstand that pain.”