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.”