Tom Prydie will hand the Ospreys a welcome boost this weekend when he returns to action ahead of schedule in the white of Swansea, when they entertain regional rivals Aberavon at St Helen's on Saturday afternoon.
The 19-year old has been sidelined since early March when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, ruling him out for a period of up to eight months. Undergoing knee surgery that month, he also had a routine operation on a troublesome shoulder two months later, with the Ospreys medical team pencilling him in for a return to training at the end of September.
However, after working hard in rehab over the summer, Prydie has exceeded expectations and will make his return for the All Whites this weekend.
“I’m really pleased to be playing again this weekend and I’m looking forward to getting out there. It’s been a long hard few months but the physios and the conditioners have worked with me to get me back up and running and I’m really grateful to them.
“I just want to get some game time under my belt now and start to build up my match fitness, which will allow me to challenge for a place in the Ospreys team again, so that I can hopefully pick up where I left off.”