Wales flanker George North will make his debut in more than a year after being selected as one of the Ospreys’ substitutes for Saturday’s game against the Scarlet; the 30-year-old since April 2021 20-year-old player sidelined with knee injury

Last updated: 29/04/22 4:19 PM

George North will return after more than a year out with knee injury this weekend

Wales winger George North is set to return after more than a year out with a knee injury this weekend.

North has been named as a substitute for Saturday’s Ospreys United rugby match against the Scarlet at Swansea and is set to play for the first time since April 2021.

The 30-year-old missed last year’s trip to South Africa for the British and Irish Lions and this season’s Six Nations campaign with Wales due to injury.

North’s previous appearance for Wales came against France in Paris in March 2021.

The Ospreys have three league games remaining this season, while Wales face South Africa in a three-match Test series in July, with matches in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

North last played for Wales in March 2021

North last played for Wales in March 2021

Ospreys head coach Toby Buses told BBC North’s recovery: “The last 5 percent is the hardest part because you don’t know how you’re going to respond to training, especially after a long-term injury.

“Your body has to adapt to the load you’re taking. With George’s help, we got him to that point, and then his body responds, and then we have to back off. It’s not easy.

“We can only be controlled by how the player feels and reacts. We’ve finally reached a situation where he’s physically fit enough to support the training he needs to perform well, so he can play now.

“We’ll see what happens after this weekend and see how he prepares for the next game. Like all our players, our goal is not to get them back in a single game. It’s to get them back and stay.

“It’s important that we put the welfare of our players at the centre of the decisions we make.”