Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Flutey glad to be fit again

Riki Flutey

Riki Flutey is targeting an England recall after finally putting 18 months of injury hell behind him.

The Wasps centre spent the majority of last season sidelined by a shoulder injury and he missed England's November Tests with a torn calf. Flutey's comeback was then delayed by another fortnight after he contracted a severe dose of the flu, which left him bed-ridden and unable to walk.

But the 30-year-old helped Wasps climb into fourth place in the Aviva Premiership with a 33-16 victory over Newcastle on Sunday, and said: "I have got a bit of game-time coming up. I am looking forward to next week against Harlequins and hopefully put myself in contention for the Six Nations."

He added: "It's been a while with my calf injury. That took longer than expected. It was in an area of my calf that the medical teams with England and Wasps hadn't seen a tear before.

"It has taken a while but it is good to finally have it right now.

"The England management have been great. I have had the England physios and doctors coming into Wasps once a week to check on things.

"All I need to do is get on the field and get some game-time and I know that will give me loads of confidence going forward into the Six Nations."

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