Cipriani targeting November return

Wasps and England fly-half Danny Cipriani is hoping that he will be back to full fitness and playing by late November.

Cipriani is continuing with his recovery after he suffered a fracture dislocation of his right ankle against Bath in May and says that he is keen to prove his fitness in time to be selected for the 2009 Six Nations.

“Wasps and England have been very good – they just want to make sure I’m 100%,” Cipriani told BBC Sport.

“Hopefully I will have time to put my place down and make the England team.”

Some experts were predicting that Cipriani would only return to rugby in January but Cipriani is confident that late November is a realistic target to return to the Wasps side where he can prove himself to the England management.

“I’m not setting myself an exact game, but late November would be a good comeback for me from the injury,” said Cipriani.

“I don’t want to do things by halves, I want to be fully fit and ready to go.”

Cipriani is recovering well and is expected to have his cast removed on Monday. He added that he is looking forward to getting rid of his crutches.

“I’m getting it off on Monday and I just can’t wait because I’ll be in a boot that will be partially weight bearing and I can’t wait to be walking,” added Cipriani.

“I have the boot on for two weeks and from the first few weeks you know how quickly it’s going to go.”

The injury meant that Cipriani missed out on England’s unsatisfactory tour of New Zealand – something he said that he was really looking forward to if selected.

It also meant that he had to watch the match on television just like Jonny Wilkinson who also missed the tour to injury.

“I think the first game was close and there are a lot of positives to take out of it,” added Cipriani.

“It’s a hard place to go, it’s the end of our season and we’ve played a lot more rugby than them. They are powerful from numbers 1-22 and they could all carry the ball.

“It’s about a new process and a new team is building.”

Cipriani’s stock has risen quickly since he won his first cap against Wales in February, but he was quick to dispel the theory that New Zealand was a good tour to miss as it kept his reputation in tact.

“I’ve always wanted to tour with England, it’s been a dream of mine and it’s something that’s been taken away from me,” he said.

“I really wanted to go and tour to New Zealand.

“In hindsight, people might say it was a good tour to miss but I really wanted to go out there and be part of the team.”

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