WORCESTER Warriors front-row forward Nick Schonert has recovered from injury in time for selection ahead of Warriors' vital Boxing Day Gallagher Premiership clash with Northampton Saints (3pm KO).

The South African loosehead prop was pulled out ahead of kick-off before Worcester's Premiership fixture with Bristol Bears at the start of this month but he is now back in contention for the weekend.

"It's been terribly frustrating watching from the sidelines," said Schonert.

"I hate watching rugby because I get a little bit jealous that someone else gets to play and I don't.

"I am just really happy to be back."

being one of the senior leaders in the group, Schonert insists that everyone is playing their part within the squad and insists even the younger players have taken on leadership roles.

"The nice thing is that everyone is now part of the senior group.

"Everyone has a voice and everyone is a leader in their own right.

"But I suppose the more time goes on a few more of the older boys might have a word about experience and try and pass that kind of information on to the younger guys."

As well as Schonert, Warriors' director of rugby Alan Solomons suggested there may well be a return to action for the likes of Matt Kvesic and Sam Lewis.

Lewis was withdrawn from the defeat to the Ospreys in the European Challenge Cup last Saturday due to illness but is expected to train on Thursday and Solomons suggested he could return to the side.

Kvesic suffered a neck injury in the 30-13 loss to Bristol Bears at the end of November and has missed the last three games but Solomons says he is back in training and could feature.

Francois Venter, Tom Howe and Ed Fidow have all been ruled out of the Saints game.

Venter was another who was pulled out of the Ospreys game because of sickness and is still not well enough to take part, whilst Fidow and Howe are both sidelined due to respective niggles.

Graham Kitchener has returned to training but this Saturday will come too soon for the second-row.