Wales Rugby
Roberts on course for early season return
ESPN Staff
July 14, 2012

Wales and Cardiff Blues centre Jamie Roberts is set to make his return to action following knee surgery in the early stages of next season - although no date has been set.

Roberts missed Wales' tour of Australia this summer, which they lost 3-0, but is back in training and impressing the Cardiff coaches with his fitness and desire to return in as best shape possible.

"I have been really impressed with Jamie," Blues' new director of rugby Phil Davies told Walesonline. "He's been back in since day one and is working especially hard. Jamie has been outstanding and will, hopefully, be back playing sooner or later.

"We don't know when it's going to be for certain, whether it will be September or October. But Jamie has been setting an excellent standard and he will be ready to play for the Blues before the autumn international campaign."

Roberts, who has won 46 caps for his country, was a key figure in Wales' Grand Slam winning Six Nations side last season but a long-term knee problem meant that he had to undergo surgery this summer instead of tackling the Wallabies in Australia. The Blues begin their RaboDirect Pro12 campaign against Connacht at the end of next month and while that fixture will come too soon for Roberts, Davies is hopeful the rest of Cardiff's international contingent, such as Sam Warburton and Leigh Halfpenny, will be ready to go.

"We are hoping our internationals will be involved in the first few games of the season," he said. "We are working out our plans with the Welsh Rugby Union."

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