Wednesday 17 January 2018

Bowe set to return against Scotland

Tommy Bowe is on course to make his Ireland comeback in the RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland on Sunday week.

Bowe has been out with a knee injury since mid-January but returned to full training with the Ospreys this week.

The region hope he will participate in Saturday's Magners League clash with Benetton Treviso.

"We've been monitoring Tommy very closely over the last month and have been in close consultation with the IRFU management over his progress," said Ospreys head physio Chris Towers.

"He has made considerable progress over the last couple of weeks and he's completed high-level functional sessions without any adverse reactions.

"As such, we're looking to reintroduce Tommy to team training this week with a view to making him available for selection on Saturday.

"If everything is positive, he will then be able to return to Ireland camp and be involved in their remaining Six Nations fixtures."

Bowe has developed into one of Ireland's key players over the last two seasons and his return will be welcomed by coach Declan Kidney.

Ireland's Six Nations title hopes were dealt a blow with their 25-22 defeat by France last Sunday, but they could yet have an impact with England set to play Les Bleus on Saturday week.

Martin Johnson's side, the tournament favourites, must visit Lansdowne Road on March 19.

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