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By Chris Jones
BBC rugby union correspondent
Despite being hit down with appendicitis while at the same time recovering from his ankle issue that is longstanding, england wing Jack Nowell will go to the World Cup on Sunday.
After having his appendix removed last 15, nowell spent in an Italian hospital.
But he and the rest of the squad have joined up in their Treviso base.
England stay confident he will be fit to play a part in Japan, using their opener from Tonga on 22 September.
“We don’t have any worries there,” said assistant coach John Mitchell.
Mitchell says Nowell”requires a fantastic meal” after his illness, but has praised his attitude and energy later returning to camp.
“What I really admire about him would be if going through his rehabilitation and the sickness, it does not seem to upset him in regard to the energy he brings to the team,” he added.
“He is a good man and we actually back Jack.”
Nowell hasn’t played because damaging ankle ligaments in the last in May, and has now suffered a series of setbacks in his healing.
“The foot is progressing and we expect him to be running pretty soon,” Mitchell added.
“The [appendicitis] doesn’t help but we still have 20 days until the tournament start and they will be extremely crucial for him”
Elsewhere, fellow wing Ruaridh McConnochie”has a shot” of being matched to make his long-awaited debut against Italy in Newcastle on Friday, but middle Henry Slade stays an uncertainty with his knee issue.
However, Mitchell says it is”no major problem” if a few players board the plane to Japan without having played some competitive rugby in their warm-up schedule.
“It is about handling players and the way we train always gives us a very good sign of whether or not a player can deal with the threshold of a Test match,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mitchell claims the sport is”continuously changing and evolving” with a number of nations falling veteran players out of their squads on the eve of the championship.
England have dispensed with the likes of Mike Brown Chris Robshaw and Danny Care, although Owen Franks has been made by New Zealand, Devin Toner has been overlooked by Ireland, and Wales have jettisoned experienced props Rob Evans and Samson Lee.
“This sport is getting more powerful and quicker,” he explained.
“It’s not a personal judgment on any of those guys but unless you may evolve physically with the demands of this game then you are always going to get challenged at a certain point.
“One thing this game has ever taught me is there’s not any place for self-preservation and it’s a challenging environment.”
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