Injury News: England international set to make early return

Exeter Chiefs have been handed an injury boost with the news that Sam Simmonds is almost certain to be back in action before the end of the season.

Despite suffering a nasty ACL injury in September, he’s set to return to action towards the end of March – potentially early enough to play a meaningful role in the Chiefs’ end-of-season run-in.

“I would definitely expect to see him play some part this season,” Rob Baxter said.

“He is approximately halfway through his rehab now. He is scheduled for about a six-month lay-off.

“Next week he will be out on the training field for the first time. He won’t be involved in proper training but he will start running, which is a positive sign. We will then keep a close eye on his reaction to his running load over the next 12 weeks.

“We have dealt with plenty of guys coming back from ACL injuries and always done a good job so I am sure it will be exactly the same with Sam.”

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