Bowe ready to return for Lions
June 22, 2013
Tommy Bowe is ready to return to action © Getty Images
British & Irish Lions winger Tommy Bowe will be available for the second Test against Australia after recovering from a hand injury.
The Ireland wing missed the Lions opening 23-21 victory over the Wallabies on Saturday after having surgery to fix a broken bone in his hand following an injury in the warm up match against the Reds earlier in the month.
But Lions coach Warren Gatland has confirmed he has recovered from the injury and is ready to compete for a place in the Lions side to face the Wallabies next weekend.
"Tommy Bowe is fit and available, he trained today and did contact," Gatland said.
Meanwhile England centre Manu Tuilagi is also ready to return after recovering from a stinger injury, and could feature in Tuesday's tour game against the Melbourne Rebels.
"Manu will be available for Tuesday. Having firepower come back and more options is hopefully going to be good for the next two weeks," Gatland added.
Warren Gatland praises his medical team for getting Tommy Bowe fit for the second Test
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