Watson aiming for Six Nations appearance
Bath winger Anthony Watson has revealed he is planning to make a return for England in the 2019 Six Nations.
Watson has been out of action since rupturing an Achilles' tendon playing against Ireland in last year's Six Nations but he has now started running again and is hoping to make his return to action at some point in February.
The 24-year-old will be hoping to get back to speed as quickly as possible and earn his place back in the Red Rose's squad ahead of the 2019 World Cup in Japan in September.
Speaking about his immediate plans, Watson told the Express: "Hopefully I'll be fit and in contention for potential selection towards the latter stages of the Six Nations, but it's not on me to make decisions about whether I play or not.
"All I can do is get myself back fit, play well, play for Bath and see what happens. I wouldn't say the Six Nations is too soon, personally. I have no doubt about the way I'm going to come back and whether my Achilles is going to hold up.
"When you put that amount of work in you leave yourself with no doubt and that's exactly what I'm doing. I've just put in as much work as I possibly can to make sure my Achilles is 100 per cent and is recovering as best as possible."
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