Mike Phillips set for a return to training with Bayonne

Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips is to return to Bayonne training after having his one-game suspension for off-field misbehaviour lifted by the French club.

The Wales scrum-half missed the Basque derby win over Biarritz after being punished by Bayonne for "misconduct".

Club president Alain Affelou had taken exception to Phillips being out late following a crushing home defeat against Toulouse.

Phillips, 30, would have missed the game anyway because of a hand injury.

He needed surgery on his finger after suffering the injury in training, and is now expected to return to training on Wednesday ahead of the Amlin Challenge Cup game against Modigliano on Friday.

Bayonne, though, have not been impressed with Phillips's off-field behaviour and will express their concerns to him.

"Mike has a meeting with the board of the club and head coach, Christian Lanta, at the start of next week and they will talk about his suspension," said a Bayonne spokesman.

"All the players have to be responsible and have a professional attitude at the club."

Phillips signed for the French side in the summer of 2011 from the Ospreys.

The Bayonne suspension came 15 months after the former Llanelli, Scarlets, Cardiff Blues and Liberty Stadium player was suspended by Wales.

On that occasion, in June, 2011, Phillips was disciplined following a late-night incident in Cardiff outside a fast food restaurant.

Former Wales captain, Gwyn Jones, Phillips' latest indiscretion will have no impact on his selection for the forthcoming autumn internationals.