Scotland are confident Sean Maitland will be fit to face Japan from Sundays quarter-final decider battle in Yokohama.
The Saracens wing has missed the Scots two coaching sessions with a tight knee but defence trainer Matt Taylor considers both Maitland and prop Allan Dell is going to be prepared to go from the Brave Blossoms.
Dell needed to be replaced early against Samoa after suffering a head hammer with scored the opening try but hes passed his concussion protocol tests and has returned to full contact work in training.
Sean has a little bit of a tight groin and we are working our way through that in the moment, Taylor said ahead of Wednesdays match with Russia in Shizuoka.
We are extremely confident he will play a part against Japan, he is just going through these protocols. We are convinced he is going to be nice for Sunday.
Delly is at a fantastic spot, he has just done a bout of hard contact with me and came through it really well.
While the Japan game will prove crucial to Scotlands chances of progressing to the knockout stages of this competition, Russia must be first beaten by the side of Gregor Townsend.
As well as facing a potent pack and A five-point bonus point victory may well be required, Taylor says Scotland has to anticipate an aerial bombardment out of fly-half Yury Kushnarev, that has kicked ball than any participant in the championship.
We understand they kick a lot, I feel the most at the competition at the moment, thats the type of game plan they are playing, added Taylor.
From a defensive point of view, you dont want to provide them front-foot ball because then theyre kicking rather than coming forward to the ball.
Another issue is that we wish to place increased pressure in their two and 10 when they kick.
If we do that, it automatically presents us with some great counter-attack ball although the initial strikes. . .we have to ensure we are really good at that and we have to pressure their game.
Finally you have to make sure you are good in the air, youve got to take those. It is like another set bit for us, another ability to attack from.
Tommy Seymour is enormous for us in that feeling. He is great in the air, one of the reasons he has got the nod.
Hes excellent in the atmosphere, maybe even our very best player in the air, he is huge.
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