Bath centre Olly Barkley eyes autumn return from injury

Olly Barkley is stretchered off with a broken leg
Barkley broke his left leg in two places in the defeat by Gloucester

Bath centre Olly Barkley is aiming to return to action in the autumn after suffering a broken leg in March.

Barkley fractured his lower tibia and fibula in his left leg during Bath's 34-22 defeat by Gloucester.

He underwent an operation and was ruled out of the final months of the Premiership season.

"I will aim for October or November. If I play in one of those months I will be a happy boy," the 29-year-old told BBC Radio Bristol.

Barkley, who has 23 England caps, suffered the same injury during pre-season training in July 2009 and spent seven months on the sidelines.

"I'm without crutches and it's been a long six weeks to get to this stage," he continued. "I've had fantastic support from the team at Bath. I'm hoping in the next two months I'll be jogging around and playing by October.

"It's still a long, uphill road ahead but I'm in a good head space with it now, if I can attack it in the next six months.

"The fortunate thing for me is that bones heal - ligaments and tendons are the hard ones to get back.

"If I make sure I eat the right stuff and do my rehab then I'll be on course."

He added: "It's black and white for me, you do the work and you get fit. If you don't, you run the risk. I love rugby so I have no choice."

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