Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has insisted he has enough quality at his disposal to cope without Owen Farrell if the England star is handed a suspension following his red card against Wasps on Saturday.

Farrell recklessly caught Charlie Atkinson in the face with his left shoulder and was sent off for the high tackle just after the hour mark at Allianz Park.

The scores were level at 15-15 the time of the incident but Wasps made their man advantage count from thereon in, winning 28-18 with Jimmy Gopperth kicking 23 points.

Farrell will now appear in front of a disciplinary panel on Tuesday charged with making a dangerous tackle and could miss next weekend’s Gallagher Premiership clash against leaders Exeter Chiefs as well as the European Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster.

Reflecting on the sending off, McCall said: "He was chasing his own kick and was desperate to make a tackle. He clearly got it wrong and he got his red card.

"It is what it is. He could easily have been out of the Leinster came for another reason - injury or whatever.

"He missed the last quarter-final of the Champions Cup because his wife was having their first child.

"We have got plenty of good backs at the club so we will just rearrange our back-line a little bit and get on with it.

"He works really hard on all parts of his game and he has improved in that area.

"This incident was a little bit different because he was chasing a kick and trying to make a difference to his team. We hope the player he hit is okay."

Farrell waited on the touchline to apologise to Atkinson after the conclusion to a match which had started so well for the hosts, Elliot Daly going over against his former club in the third minute.

Gopperth, playing his 100th match for Wasps, kicked the visitors into a 12-7 half-time lead and traded penalties with Farrell after the interval before the latter’s sending off.

Tom Willis powered over for the pivotal try, converted by Gopperth, as Sarries slipped to their second defeat since the restart.

Next up for McCall’s men is a trip to second-placed Sale Sharks on Wednesday night.