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Tuilagi eyes mid-February return

14th January 2014 11:52


Manu Tuilagi of England celebrates his try

Returning: Manu Tuilagi

Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi is targeting a mid-February return to action as he aims for England's final two Six Nations games.

The midfielder, who was forced to have surgery on a chest injury in November, is now back training with the Welford Road club, and has his sights set on Premiership fixtures against Gloucester and London Irish on the 16th and 22nd of February respectively.

Should he negotiate a successful comeback via those matches, Tuilagi will stand a good chance of inclusion in England's squad for the Six Nations clashes with Wales and Italy.

"My body isn't too bad. I feel fresh but I can't do anything," said the 22-year-old.

"I'm training and doing rehab, physio and massage every single day, hopefully so I can be back playing in mid-February. I haven't targeted a game.

"I want to take my time, get my injury right and get my body right. Then I'll worry about playing.

"It is tough because you go into the club, you see your mates, but you don't really see them properly because they are training outside and you are stuck inside.

"But you have to look at the positive side; it's resting up your body because there's still a lot of rugby to be played.

"I just want to play. I just want to get out on the pitch. Hopefully I've not forgotten how to play rugby."

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