Agony almost over for Chris

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A Leyland rugby league player is looking to step up his rehabilitation from a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee to push for a place in Wigan Warriors first team.

Chris Tuson, 20, has been out of action since August when his knee ligaments snapped playing for Wigan Warriors reserve team in the equivalent of the Super League semi-final against Leeds.

Now the former Balshaw's High School pupil is confident of making a speedy recovery and continue working with the first team at their Orrell training ground.

He said: "I am training from 8am to 2pm every day in the gym working on my conditioning on the exercise bikes and weights.

"The physios have told me that I will be out until the end of February but the good news is that I am looking to start back running soon.

"I think the injury happened at the right time for me as the season had nearly finished so I was able to recover during our pre-season break.

"There is competition for places so I will have to get a couple of man of the match performances with the reserves to play more regularly for the first team."

Last year was a mixed season for the young second-row forward after some impressive performances for the reserve side and obviously making his Super League debut as a substitute against Leeds.