Cardiff Blues captain and flanker Ellis Jenkins is set to return to training after 18 months out when the squad get together again at the start of July after the COVID-19 enforced break.
The 27-year-old hasn’t played since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the final stages of Wales’ win over South Africa in November 2018, meaning he has currently been out of the game for some 19 months.
In that time Jenkins has undergone two operations and visited world renowned rehab expert Bill Knowles in Philadelphia who has worked with the best and brightest in sports, including Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Jonny Wilkinson and Andy Murray.
Speaking to Rob Cole for Sunday’s The Rugby Paper though, Cardiff Blues head coach John Muvihill said, “Structurally, Ellis has had the word his knee is fine. He just needs to get back to training with the group before he starts playing again.”
“He’s important to us. He’s still the captain of our group and we’ve spoken a number of times about that going forward. I believe, and he believes, he’s still the best man for the job. We’re still working on the fact he’ll be back with us sooner rather than later so he can resume his career.”
There is further good news for Cardiff Blues supporters as Mulvihill is hopeful that winger Josh Adams will be fit for the return to playing action in August, but Owen Lane’s fitness is more of a touch-and-go matter.
Elsewhere, Harri Millard and Matthew Morgan were both originally targeting a return to playing before the end of the regular 2019/20 season in May, and Willis Halaholo was hoping to be back for September, giving all three a chance of playing in late August.