‘Ospreys won’t rush Webb back’ – Tandy

Date published: December 16 2015

The Ospreys have revealed that they have to hold scrum-half Rhys Webb back as he tries to recover from injury.

Webb, who sustained a long-term foot injury while playing for Wales against Italy in a World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff in September, feels he may be able to recover in time for the Ospreys' Champions Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs on the weekend of January 23-24.

Ospreys boss Steve Tandy will be happy if Webb is fit by then but believe it could take a few weeks longer.

"Rhys is progressing really well," Tandy told the South Wales Evening Post.

"He is fantastically diligent in his rehab and does everything by the book to give himself the best possible chance of getting back ahead of schedule.

"If he puts himself in contention for the Exeter game, happy days, but we will not be rushing him for the sake of two or three weeks.

"Sometimes it's a question of just making sure he doesn't hurry too much.

"Forecasting when a player will be ready to return isn't a precise science, but it would be good if Rhys was up and running by mid-February. That's probably a realistic target."