EXETER CHIEFS international ace Slade "fit for selection"

EXETER CHIEFS club crestExeter and England international rugby star Henry Slade is in line for a sensational return to action when Chiefs host Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (1500ko).

Slade has been sidelined since early December after he was stretchered off with a broken leg and ankle ligament damage during Chiefs’ 41-21 victory over Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.

Since then the 22-year-old Plymouth-born midfield ace has worked tirelessly with the club’s medical and rehabilitation staff and this week returned to full training.

Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter says: “Henry is very close. He is out there now and has done a full week’s training.

“We would now class him as fit for selection and whether that means we select him this week, or it is a little early still, we will decide and announce the team tomorrow.”

The return of Slade, coupled with recent comebacks of England international Luke Cowan-Dickie and Dave Ewers, is a welcome boost to Baxter, who says locks Damian Welch and Mitch Lees are progressing "nicely" from long-term injuries.


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