Hart­ley set for come­back

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY -

Dy­lan Hart­ley is set to make his come­back from con­cus­sion when Northamp­ton face Glas­gow in a pre-sea­son friendly at Franklin’s Gar­dens on Fri­day night.

The Eng­land cap­tain acted on med­i­cal ad­vice by tak­ing an ex­tended break from the game af­ter be­com­ing symp­to­matic in the wake of the Natwest 6 Na­tions de­feat by Ire­land in March.

Af­ter five months out, he is ready to re­sume play­ing in the ex­pec­ta­tion of be­ing avail­able for the Premier­ship opener at Glouces­ter on Septem­ber 1.

Hart­ley suf­fered the third sig­nif­i­cant con­cus­sion of his ca­reer at Twick­en­ham on March 17, re­sult­ing in the rec­om­men­da­tion by spe­cial­ists to rest with no time­line es­tab­lished for his re­turn.

Hav­ing been knocked out against France in 2016, he ex­pressed fears that another head in­jury could end his ca­reer, but the 32-year-old hooker has made a full re­cov­ery.

The last few weeks of a sum­mer in which he has mar­ried his long-term part­ner Joanne have been spent on a re­con­di­tion­ing pro­gramme that has placed him on the brink of mak­ing his come­back.

“The sum­mer has been re­ally good. I’ve had a good bal­ance be­tween re­con­di­tion­ing, train­ing, fam­ily and so­cial life,” Hart­ley said.

“Things got done and it was good fam­ily time. I’ve had a re­ally well rested sum­mer. Ob­vi­ously I got a bit ag­i­tated watch­ing some rugby on TV, but it was good time out that gave me some per­spec­tive to re­set goals and things like that. I feel pretty well rested.”

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