Wilkinson a chance for Stade Francais clash

31st March 2005, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, March 31 (AFP) - Jonny Wilkinson's latest comeback attempt could take place in Newcastle's European Cup quarter-final against French champions Stade Francais on Saturday.

LONDON, March 31 (AFP) - Jonny Wilkinson's latest comeback attempt could take place in Newcastle's European Cup quarter-final against French champions Stade Francais on Saturday.

The World Cup-winning fly-half was named Thursday among 11 possible Newcastle replacements for the match at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

Newcastle director of rugby and former England fly-half Rob Andrew will name the final seven-man bench on Saturday morning after fitness tests.

Both Wilkinson and Wales flanker Colin Charvis, who also missed the entire Six Nations Championship through injury, could feature.

However, Andrew tried to quell some of the hype that surrounds every fresh announcement over Wilkinson's fitness by stressing: "Jonny is no more than 50/50 at the moment. He has done part of our training this week, but hasn’t done some of it, and well have to wait until the day of the game to decide on him. Colin Charvis is in the same boat."

Wilkinson returned from a knee ligament problem in Newcastle's Premiership defeat against Harlequins almost three weeks ago, but he lasted just 34 minutes before injury his left knee again after tackling Quins prop Ceri Jones.

Wilkinson has not played for England since the World Cup final 16 months ago due to shoulder/neck, knee and bicep injuries.

In Paris, French international winger Christophe Dominici was ruled out by the Stade Francais medical staff who deemed he needs more time to fully recover from the blow which knocked him out in the Six Nations game against Italy on March 19.

Dominici is still suffering from headaches, blurred vision and has lapses of concentration which convinced the club that he would not be fit in time for the Newcastle game.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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