Ben Youngs to return for Leicester Tigers against Sale Sharks
Scrum-half Ben Youngs will make his Leicester Tigers comeback against Sale Sharks on Friday night.
It will be the 23-year-old's first appearance since England's summer tour of South Africa.
Centre Manu Tuilagi is also set to come back into the squad for the visit to Sale's new ground, the home of Rugby League's Salford City Reds, after recovering from a sore shoulder that has kept him out for the last two games.
The three members of the squad who were late pull-outs from Saturday's win over Exeter could all be fit too.
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Director of rugby Richard Cockerill reported that Boris Stankovich (ill), George Chuter (calf) and Scott Hamilton (leg) are all in the mix for selection as Leicester head up the M6 looking to compound Sale's misery after five consecutive defeats.
"Ben Youngs is fit and will play some part in Friday's game," said Cockerill.
"Manu Tuilagi is fit and Hamilton is recovering from a thigh strain. Hopefully, he will be in the mix for Friday too.
"Stankovich is fine now and, hopefully, Chuter will be good to go as well.
"Dan Bowden came off on Saturday after a bang to the ribs but he should be fine."
Cockerill also confirmed that a number of players would be fit for the start of the European campaign the following weekend at Toulouse.
Lock Louis Deacon, full-back Geordan Murphy and scrum-half Micky Young were all expected to be fit for the trip to France.
On the down side, flanker Steve Mafi is still struggling with a bad hip and Wessel Jooste, the South African flanker brought to the club to bolster the squad in the wake of a number of serious back-row injuries, damaged his shoulder on his debut for the Development XV at Gloucester last week and is out for the near future.
"I think you could say that was ironic," said Cockerill with a look of resignation.
Winger Mat Tait successfully came through Monday night's A League outing on his first appearance in 12 months.
The 26-year-old scored a try before coming off after 50 minutes in the Development team's 43-14 home victory.
"He played 50 minutes, scored a good try and we didn't want to take any risks so we took him off," said Cockerill.
"He is feeling the effects of playing 50 minutes for the first time in 12 months.
"It was about him running into people, making tackles and getting him feeling what it was like to be playing again. Sometimes, you can forget what that is like.
"His performances will get better and his confidence of taking the bangs and tackling will all come."