Tipuric in line for return

Date published: September 16 2014

Justin Tipuric could make his return to action against Edinburgh this week after returning to training for the Ospreys.

Justin Tipuric could make his return to action this week after returning to training for the Ospreys.

The Wales flanker has been out of action since May when he underwent shoulder surgery, causing him to miss Wales' June tour to South Africa.

However he looks set to make his playing return when the Ospreys take on Edinburgh in the Pro12 this weekend as they try to make it three wins from three this season.

Tipuric's absence has been keenly felt by the Ospreys in the opening weeks of the season with fellow openside Sam Lewis also out injured and expected to return in a fortnight.

That has seen James King playing out of position, and while coach Steve Tandy is pleased with how the lock or blindside has got on, he admits it's a relief to have Tipuric back again.

“It will be a good boost for us,” said Tandy.

“We would have liked to have him in the mix for the Dragons game, but we gave him a little bit extra.

“He has come through the early part of the week in training. We have another contact session to come, so we will see how he pulls up after that.

“With someone like Tips, we know he will be able to get back up and running pretty quickly. If he comes through fit, there's potential he could start the game.

“James has done a really good job for us over the last couple of weeks, being thrown in there. He's been a physical presence in defence and a real positive ball carrier for us.

“We are lucky to have someone like him around who can fill in that spot.

“But we do need a specialist seven back, in terms of those natural instincts of a seven getting steals and getting on the end of some of those line-breaks. Natural sevens sniff out opportunities.”