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Lydiate pleased with comeback

23rd March 2013 06:31


SKY_MOBILE Dan Lydiate - Newport-Gwent Dragons 2010

Fit again: Dan Lydiate

Dragons and Wales flanker Dan Lydiate stated that he 'really enjoyed' his first appearance in six months against the Ospreys.

Lydiate was playing for the first time after breaking and dislocating his ankle back in September, an injury that it was initially expected would ruled him out of the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

But the Wales star's prospects have now improved given his return to fitness, as Lydiate begins a race against time to make the plane.

"It was nice to be back out there, I was blowing a bit and I was glad to come off at half-time but it has been nearly six months since I last played and I really enjoyed it," said Lydiate.

"I am happy with how it went and hopefully I can build on that. I am not fully match fit, but I felt strong in contact and it is just a matter of timing. I slipped off a few tackles but it was a massive confidence booster to come off the field in one piece."

"It's down to what I do on the pitch, actions speak louder than words. If I am to have any chance of going I need to find my form pretty quick, but I am just happy with how today went and I will work hard over the coming weeks.

"It's a dream for any player to go on a Lions tour, but I am not focusing on that at the minute.

"If you do that something will happen, you may get injured or lose form. I just need to get back fit and try and have a good run before the end of the season."