England rugby fans will welcome the news that former England captain Chris Robshaw is back in training and is chomping at the bit, ready to lay down a marker for British and Irish Lions selection next month.
The 30-year-old has been out since undergoing shoulder surgery for a dislocated AC (acromioclavicular) joint in January. With a three to four-month layoff required for such a procedure, the back row forward was ruled out of England’s defence of the Six Nations title this spring.
Now, according to the Harlequins website, Robshaw has returned to training and could well featured for Harlequins in their Premiership clash with Newcastle on March 25th.
According the club’s director of rugby John Kingston, Robshaw is making steady progress.
“We are taking things day by day with Chris. He has been going very well in his rehabilitation and training and I’m looking forward to his return, which I expect to be at the end of the month.”
Following his surgery back on January 9, Robshaw had remained optimistic of his Lions chances and with his return to action in the coming weeks, he will certainly get the opportunity to prove his credentials.
Competition for Lions places, particularly across the back row, is fierce however, and with the likes of Ireland’s CJ Stander, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien, along with England’s Maro Itoje and Nathan Hughes and Wales’ Sam Warburton, all in the running for a plane ticket, Robshaw will be facing an uphill battle to stake his own claim for selection.
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