Toby Flood is set for a speedy return to the Leicester Tigers side
Leicester Tigers are optimistic that fly-half Toby Flood will be available for Sunday's Heineken Cup clash with Treviso at Welford Road.
Flood missed England's win against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday after sustaining ligament damage to the big toe of his right foot the previous week against South Africa.
"The injury is improving day by day," said Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
"There is every chance that he should be fit to play at the weekend, which is great news."
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Flood must have been disappointed to miss out on England's memorable win against the All Blacks, but Cockerill said the 27-year-old has enough experience to deal with that.
"If Toby had been playing on Saturday, I have no doubt that the result would have been the same," said Cockerill.
"He has been in good form but he knows that it is peaks and troughs in this game."
Having a player of Flood's calibre available again is a major positive for the Tigers as they prepare for back-to-back matches against the Italian side.
The England stand-off has featured in 18 European games for Leicester, during which time he has amassed 232 points.
He showed just how influential he can be in Tigers' most recent Heineken Cup match, the 39-22 victory against the Ospreys in October which saw Leicester get their European campaign under way after losing to Toulouse, in France, in the opening fixture.
Flood contributed 24 points to Tigers' bonus-point victory against the Welshmen and while his kicking, particularly from long range, was devastating on the day, it should not be forgotten that he scored an interception try late in the game which just about secured victory.
Winger Scott Hamilton is also fit again after the thigh problem he sustained against Northampton Saints a month ago, while prop Logovi'i Mulipola is free of the leg injury he picked up at Gloucester at the end of October.
Meanwhile, Cockerill remains hopeful that centre Anthony Allen will be fit and available for Sunday's encounter after being laid out following a high challenge from Matt Banahan in Saturday's Aviva Premiership win against Bath.
Allen, who was stretchered from the field, did not train yesterday and Cockerill said: "We won't be taking any risks but, if Anthony is fit to play on Sunday, he will be involved in the squad."
Tom Croft, Miles Benjamin and Steve Mafi all remain on Tigers' injury list.