Exeter Chiefs wing Jack Nowell said he is targetting a return to action for England’s final World Cup warm-up game against Italy at St James Park in Newcastle on 6th September.
The 26-year-old, who has scored 13 tries during a 33-cap England career and toured New Zealand with the 2017 British and Irish Lions, subsequently underwent ankle surgery following the Premiership final.
And now he’s set a comeback date.
“Italy was the main goal for me at the start, and one I am still definitely pushing towards,” Nowell said.
“For me, it is a bit of a weird one. I’ve not been training with the boys or anything.
“I am feeling quite lucky to be involved, but I am very excited about it and hopefully I am only a few weeks away from actually training and stuff.
“I am recovering pretty well. At the start, maybe I pushed it a bit too hard.
“I popped back to the club for a week, saw the surgeon and just needed a week off my feet a bit, but that was probably down to myself being desperate to be back and be involved.
“I am just doing everything I can to get myself fit as soon as possible.”