Robshaw in line to captain England
Chris Robshaw speaks with journalists following the Rugby World Cup draw in London on December 3, 2012
Robshaw is expected to be given the job he held during last season's Six Nations for the November internationals at Twickenham against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.
England rested Robshaw from their pre-season tour of Argentina with fellow back-row forward Wood impressing as skipper in his place.
But Robshaw has impressed at openside flanker since the start of the northern hemisphere season and the chances of him starting against Australia on November 2 and leading the side against the Wallabies increased when Matt Kvesic was among 10 players released back to their clubs on Tuesday.
Dave Attwood, Freddie Burns, Luther Burrell, Danny Care, Kyle Eastmond, Ben Foden, Alex Goode, Tom Johnson and Christian Wade joining Kvesic in returning to club duty.
"Under the terms of the elite player squad agreement we are releasing 10 players back, some of whom will play in the Premiership this weekend," Lancaster said Tuesday.
"There are still places to play for and we won't finalise the side to play Australia until much closer to the game, not least because of the matches this coming weekend," he added.
"It's a chance for those going back to stake a final claim for inclusion in the 23."
Lancaster stated two weeks ago at England's kit launch that he would be happy to continue with Robshaw.
"I have always been comfortable playing Chris at seven," Lancaster said.
"He has delivered for England on a consistent basis. No one can say in any of the games he has played for England, he didn't do that.
"He had a tough end to the season with his club being knocked out of the play-offs, then the Wales-England game, and a rest was the right thing for him.
"There were areas of his game we wanted him, and he wanted, to work on -- and I am certainly happy with what he is doing."