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Latham sets comeback date



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Australia full-back Chris Latham has set June 23 as his comeback date from the knee injury which wrecked his Super 14, and he may even be fit for the end of the Tri-Nations.

Latham will play club games for the Gold Coast Breakers on June 23 and 30, with his target date for an international comeback the home Tri-Nations match against South Africa on July 7.

It is six months to the day on Wednesday since Latham ruptured his knee ligaments in a pre-season training game for the Reds at Ballymore, a huge blow to Australia and the Reds, who finished bottom of the table this year.

“I can’t wait to play again,” Latham said to the Courier-Mail yesterday.

“Training under the noses of the Wallabies at Ballymore last week were my days of most mixed emotions.

“I got a deep grab in the guts because it was such a reminder of what I was missing out on.”

While July 7 remains optimistic, there is every chance Latham could be back for the match against New Zealand in Auckland on July 21.

“I’ve been impatient plenty of times but I’ve had good advice all the way so I’ve never gone overboard in re-strengthening the knee since my reconstruction,” Latham said.

“Each week I step up a level but only if the body says I’m ready.

“I’m doing five to 6km a session now in broken sets over 20m, 50m and 100m and been back into the side-to-side agility work for a few weeks.”

“I’m not rushing this. I’ll be 100 per cent right and ready to go when the time comes.”
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