Tigers injuries set to come Flooding back

Leicester Tigers fly-half Toby Flood could make his comeback to rugby after six months on the sidelines as soon as the middle of November.

Flood is in line to return against Newport-Gwent Dragons in the Anglo Welsh Cup on November the 14th and the Tigers could be boosted further that week by the return Sam Vesty.

The news is a huge lift for Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill who has been forced to play forwards in the backline as he attempts to control a horrendous injury list this season.

Flood who moved from Newcastle last season ruptured his Achilles tendon during the Heineken Cup semi-final victory over Cardiff Blues at the Millennium Stadium on May the 3rd and has been out of rugby since then.

He was given a six-month time-scale to re-gain fitness and reports are that he has been on track throughout his time out.

Flood has already been ruled out of the November internationals for England and his return will give Cockerill another option at fly half as he has only had Jeremy Staunton available for fly-half this all season

The pressure is starting to take it’s toll on Staunton and he has been in the wars of late with knee and shin injuries.

“We are hoping Floody will be involved in one of the Anglo Welsh  games,” Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury.

“He is getting to the end of his hard rehab phase and will soon start to come into training rugby-wise.

“If he hits his targets, he will hopefully be back for one of the Anglo Welsh games, more than likely the one against Newport-Gwent.

“And Sam Vesty will be on a similar time-scale.

“I suppose we will get all of our injuries back at the same time so I will have to have a chat and disappoint some people rather than just pick whoever is fit.”

Utility back Vesty is said to be well into his recovery from a hamstring tear which has prevented him from kicking or throwing a ball all season.

Twenty-Seven-year-old Vesty was crucial to Tigers success at the end of the 2008-09 campaign and he says that it has been frustrating being out of action.

“With the way things went last season, it has been really frustrating sitting on the sidelines, especially with the amount of injuries we have had too,” said Vesty.

“We have barely had a fit back-line to put out in recent weeks.”

“I am lifting weights and working hard on my rehab and I can’t wait to get back into it.” he added.

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