Returning Chris Cusiter eyes World Cup place
Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter is poised to make a return to action after nearly a year out of action and has set his sights on a Rugby World Cup place.
The 28-year-old, poised to face Benetton Treviso with Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, picked up a knee injury at the end of last season.
"I absolutely want to be involved in the World Cup," said Cusiter.
"I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility at all. I feel I can get back to full form pretty quickly."
Having missed out on the recent Six Nations championship, Cusiter is keen to get back in the international reckoning in time for the World Cup later this year.
His first big test comes as the Warriors take on Treviso at the Stadio Monigo with the Italians two points and one place below 10th-placed Glasgow in the Magners League.
"I've kept myself in good shape, but I'll know a lot more after Saturday," said Cusiter.
"I've just loved being outside to be honest.
"I've been in the gym lifting weights, boxing and cycling, so it's great to be out in the sunshine running around playing rugby.
"I'm a rugby player, so it's not much fun being in the gym after a while.
"I'm finding it pretty tiring obviously having been out for so long, but I've tried to keep my fitness as high as possible whilst I was injured.
"So that will hopefully benefit me, but it's going to take me a while to get back up to speed - but I've got to start somewhere and Italy is a great place to begin."
Cusiter believes he has put his knee problems behind him and hopes that Warriors head coach Sean Lineen thinks he is ready to return to action.
"It feels 100% and I can't feel it at all when I'm running, so all the doctors and physios who have helped me have done a great job," he added.
"Sean has been very patient and kept me in the loop, so I'm really grateful for this opportunity to repay the faith everyone has had in me."