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Croft in the frame after return to fitness

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Leicester Tigers have had some good news on the injury front ahead of the first home game of the season against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill has confirmed that England flanker Tom Croft has returned to fitness and is available for this weekend after missing out against Northampton Saints last Sunday in the opening fixture of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season.

“Crofty has had a nerve issue in his shoulder but he is fully fit and will be involved this weekend,” Cockerill said as he puts the finishing touches to preparations for Saturday’s return to Welford Road and a first-ever league contest with the Chiefs.

“He was touch and go for last weekend but we did not want to risk him.

"Player welfare is important and Crofty is good to go now. He is a world-class player and he’s the kind of player you want in any side.”

Croft’s return is timely with fellow forwards Richard Blaze and Geoff Parling ruled out by long-term injury and Louis Deacon receiving treatment on a back problem.

Fly-half Toby Flood suffered a knee injury just before half-time at Northampton and Cockerill said today: “Toby has had a scan and we are awaiting specialist reports on that to decide the next course of action. Until we have done that there is no more to say.”