De Allende to return for Stormers?

Date published: April 5 2016

The Stormers could have fit-again centre Damian de Allende back in the mix for Friday's clash with the Sunwolves in Cape Town.

De Allende, who was South Africa's first-choice inside centre at last year's Rugby World Cup in England, hasn't played in this year's Super Rugby competition yet, after he sustained an ankle injury while playing for the Kintetsu Liners in Japan's Top League.

Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck said it's important that the 24-year-old Springbok's return is managed properly.

"He’s going really well," said Fleck.

"While we were in Argentina he was training with the Currie Cup side and working extremely hard to get back to full fitness.

"Again, we will look to manage him in terms of getting him back to his peak and we have a responsibility to him.

"I’m excited to see him go. It’s been a long road back for him… he’s looking sharp.

"He’s a quality player for us and a star player for South Africa… but we’ve got a responsibility to manage him correctly and not put him under any unnecessary pressure."

Fleck would not reveal if De Allende would be included in the matchday squad for the clash with the Sunwolves.

"When he’s good to go I think the rest of us will be quite happy about that," added Fleck.

"He’s in the squad now so he’s fit to play… we’ll see how he goes."