Moody could return for Bath vs Northampton

England captain Lewis Moody has returned to training with Bath and could play for his club against Northampton this weekend.


Thirty-two year old Moody injured his knee playing for Bath in the Heineken Cup on the 15th of January and has missed two England Six nations matches as a result.


He is in line to return for England against France and a Premiership warm up match could be just the ticket for England Boss Martin Johnson’s Captain.


“He looked very good this morning (Tuesday) and is very keen,” Bath coach Steve Meehan told BBC Radio Bristol.


“But there will be a very thorough medical before he is selected for the match-day squad.”


Moody’s injury was to his medial collateral ligament four weeks ago.


“We know the style of player he is and he doesn’t hold anything back,” said Meehan.


“If he’s anything less than 100 per cent fit then that could be detrimental for the rest of the season, and we don’t want to put anyone at that risk.”


Meehan is optimistic that he could also have some of his other England players back for the clash with Northampton at The Rec.


“(Prop) Davey Wilson and (wing) Matt Banahan haven’t had a lot of rugby over the last couple of weeks,” he added.


“So it could be a good opportunity for them and both of those players were involved in the game at Franklins Gardens.


“If they get the nod and are free to come here I’m sure they’ll put in a spirited performance.”

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