Exeter Chiefs and England wing Jack Nowell is on the verge of ending his six-month absence due to injury.
Chiefs Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, has declared the Cornishman “fit and ready to go” ahead of Saturday’s Premiership clash against Wasps at Sandy Park.
The 28-year-old has not played since the Chiefs beat Wasps in the Premiership final last October, subsequently undergoing surgery on damaged toe ligaments.
Although he recovered from that injury, he then had a setback last month injuring a hamstring in training. Now, however, he is poised for a return to action.
“Jack has now had a couple of weeks’ full training and he is fit and ready to go,” said Baxter.
The Chiefs resume domestic business after seeing their Heineken Champions Cup defence ended by quarter-final opponents Leinster last weekend.
The reigning Premiership champions are currently 12 points behind leaders Bristol Bears with seven games of the regular league season remaining, but are three points ahead of third-placed Sale Sharks.