Youngs set to return against Sale
October 3, 2012
Ben Youngs is set to face Sale on Friday © Getty Images
Youngs was injured while on international duty with England when he suffered a shoulder injury tackling JP Pietersen in the second Test with the Springboks. Youngs has struggled to re-find the same sort of form that he showed during the 2010-11 season but prior to the injury, he was showing signs of being back to his best.
And ahead of the match with Sale, Leicester have some more good news regarding injuries with Manu Tuilagi, Boris Stankovich, George Chuter and Scott Hamilton all set to face the beleaguered Aviva Premiership side.
"Ben Youngs is fit and will play some part in Friday's game," Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury. "Manu Tuilagi is fit and Hamilton is recovering from a thigh strain. Hopefully, he will be in the mix for Friday too.
"Stankovich is fine now and, hopefully, Chuter will be good to go as well. Dan Bowden came off on Saturday after a bang to the ribs but he should be fine."
There was more good news for the Tigers regarding ex-England centre Mathew Tait. He started their A League match with the Worcester Cavaliers on Monday and played 50 minutes, scoring a try in the process. He was then hauled off but Cockerill says it was just precautionary.
"He is feeling the effects of playing 50 minutes for the first time in 12 months," Cockerill said. "It was about him running into people, making tackles and getting him feeling what it was like to be playing again. Sometimes, you can forget what that is like.
"His performances will get better and his confidence of taking the bangs and tackling will all come."
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