Slade targets late season return

Date published: February 18 2016

Exeter Chiefs back Henry Slade is looking to make his comeback before the end of the season as the club chase silverware.

Slade broke his leg and dislocated his ankle playing for Exeter against Wasps last December.

The Chiefs are chasing a first ever play-off appearance in the Premiership and Slade wants to help his club make history.

"Hopefully I'll get back in time to play a few games for Exeter before the end of the season," he told the BBC.

"We're in a good position at the minute, second in the league, hopefully we can stay up there.

"If we can stay where we are and aim for that home semi-final it would be really good, it would be great to have an occasion like that down at Sandy Park."

Slade's injury has meant he's been forced to watch on as England have started well in the Six Nations with wins in Edinburgh and Rome, with the playmaker praising the efforts in particular of Jonathan Joseph.

"Winning is the main thing and getting two wins is good. Murrayfield is a tough place to go but I thought the boys did well up there and got a good win," Slade added.

"Italy are a very proud nation as well and came out firing in the first half, but I think we rode that pressure pretty well and came out with a really strong performance in the second half.

"Jonathan Joseph getting a hat-trick was good to see and I think it's been very positive."