Plymouth Albion's Herbie Stupple is in line for comeback
PLYMOUTH Albion back-row forward Herbie Stupple is set to make a sensational return to action tomorrow night.
The 22-year-old has not played since breaking a bone in his shoulder against the Cornish Pirates on September 9.
It was expected he would be out for six months after undergoing surgery but the former Exeter player has made a faster than expected return from the injury.
And he has been named among Albion's replacements for tomorrow night's British & Irish Cup match against Munster in Cork.
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"He's seen the surgeon and everything is fully healed," said Albion coach Nat Saumi.
"The surgeon did a really good job.
"He's a young boy and he has been working extremely hard with (conditioning coach) James (Owen) and (physios), Paris (Payne) and Adey (Saunderson).
"He has come back really well and, hopefully, he will get some game-time this week.
"It really is good to have him back. He is one of our key players and it is good for the boys to see him coming back."
Saumi knows Stupple is likely to be nervous about the injury, which is why he is keen to see in tomorrow's cup match before throwing him straight into Championship action.
"You are going to come back nervous from an injury like that," said Saumi.
"There is also going to be some stiffness, but it will be good for him to get some game-time."
Stupple's return will be a major boost for Albion, who have won just one league game since the end of September and cannot progress in the British & Irish Cup after last week's 21-3 loss at home to Rotherham.