Sam Warburton may yet play again for Cardiff Blues this season.
The Lions captain was ruled out of contention for six weeks in mid-April with a knee injury, which at the time was thought to have ended his Pro12 season (as well as putting his captaincy in doubt).
However, Warren Gatland still trusted him with the armband, and while it was assumed that Warburton’s next outing would be with the Lions in New Zealand, he may yet return for the Champions Cup playoff final (assuming of course that the Blues reach that stage).
Blues head coach Danny Wilson is hopeful that the 28-year-old flanker will be able to play in the final, but is taking nothing for granted:
“It is a possibility but there is quite a long way to go.
“If he were to play, it would be a final, if we made a final. Sam will continue with his rehab and as I say all the time, it is a bit of a cop-out, it is about ticking the relevant boxes as we go.”
Via BBC Sport
Cardiff have already qualified for the playoff semi-finals (along with Connacht) by virtue of their position in the Pro12 table. Their opponents are yet to be determined but as it stands, Northampton Saints in the Premiership and Stade Francais in the Top 14 occupy those crucial remaining slots.
Even if Warburton does not make the final on the weekend of May 19th-21st, it does at least look as though he wll be fit for the entire Lions tour, which will in itself be a huge boost to Gatland as he looks to upset the odds and mastermind a victory against the All Blacks.
On the Oval Office rugby podcast this week, we hear from Gordon D’Arcy and Nick Evans, and talk PRO12, Premiership and Lions midfield.