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Recovery boost for Tigers at key time

International prop Ellis Genge is fit to return to action following a shoulder injury
International prop Ellis Genge is fit to return to action following a shoulder injury

Leicester Tigers have received a boost for the run-in to the end of the season with Ellis Genge and Ben Youngs on their way back from injury.

Loosehead prop Genge suffered a shoulder surgery in the autumn which required surgery, but he is fit to return and is included in the matchday squad for Sunday’s Aviva Premiership Round 18 clash with Wasps at Welford Road.

Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor reports that scrum-half Youngs is also making good progress after suffering a knee injury during the Six Nations.

O’Connor said: “Ellis Genge has thankfully recovered from his shoulder injury, he has trained well and he is available again. That is a huge boost for the squad.

“He has been doing all the training and looking good there. He’s been training well through the Anglo-Welsh Cup break, he has worked really hard and hit all his markers. He has been frustrated on the sidelines and is now looking to make a big contribution again.

“With Dan Cole back from England and Gengey fit, alongside the front-row guys who have done such a good job for us recently, that is great for the group.”

Youngs did not require surgery to the knee injured in England’s win over Italy in Rome and has now stepped up his workload in training.

“Ben has taken the brace off, and he is running and passing again,” said O’Connor. “It’s a bit quicker than we thought, which is a positive. He won’t be far away from a return and that’s another boost for the squad.”