Welsh Rugby
Hook targets September return with Ospreys
July 2, 2010
Ospreys centre James Hook looks on, Ospreys v Leicester Tigers, Heineken Cup, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, January 23, 2010
James Hook is hopeful of returning to action in September © Getty Images

James Hook is targeting a return to action towards the end of September after successfully undergoing surgery on a troublesome shoulder injury.

Hook opted to sit out of Wales' summer tour to New Zealand in order to go under the knife, having made a surprise appearance at outside-centre against South Africa in Cardiff on June 5. After beginning his rehab, he is already eyeing the opening round of next season's Heineken Cup.

"I want to carry the momentum I built up in the second half of the season into next season now" he said. "That's the reason I decided to have the op done early and to miss the tour. If I'd gone to New Zealand, I'd only now be looking at having the op and I'd probably be talking about October or even November.

"I'll miss the first few games of the season. From what they are telling me I'm looking at the end of September before I'll be able to play which isn't so bad. I don't want to rush back unnecessarily; I'll follow their advice and make sure I've got it right before I come back. At least doing it this way I can be back, pretty fit and raring to go after missing just a few games.

"The Heineken Cup will be on us before we know it, on the second weekend of October. I'd like to be able to get a few games under my belt before then, get match fit in time for the first round and that has to be the target. But, like I said, I'm not going to rush it, or do anything stupid. I'm working closely with the physios, and when they think I'm ready and I feel ready, then that will be the right time for me."

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