Roberts set for October return
June 25, 2012
Jamie Roberts will hope to line up for Wales come the autumn Tests © Getty Images
Wales' Jamie Roberts hopes to make his playing comeback in time for the November Tests.
Roberts suffered a knee injury back in March while playing for the Cardiff Blues and underwent surgery. With Wales playing their first autumn Test on November 10 against Argentina, Roberts hopes to have had some game time with the Blues by then.
"That is the target but you never know with these injuries - it could be sooner or later," Roberts told the BBC. "I have been working hard with the rehab, so it's fingers crossed. I have done 11 weeks rehab now and I am probably another 12 to 13 weeks to go. It all depends about what happens when I start running, which will be in two weeks."
With the British & Irish Lions touring to Australia in the summer of 2013, Roberts will hope to be part of that tour. He has already had to sit out Wales' tour Down Under this summer and he admits it was tough having to watch his team-mates from the sofa.
"It has been hard watching, it has been heartbreaking especially when they have come that close," Roberts said. "I think they deserved a win and that's what makes it so hard. The boys have played well and people have put in some really good performances. Go back a while and nobody would have given us hope of going within a point of Australia away from home.
"The fact we were so close is really encouraging and at the same time frustrating. I'm sure the guys will be gutted about not taking a scalp out there but it shows the improvement. It's just about the final step and hopefully we can do that in the autumn."
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