Abby Dow set for miraculous comeback from injury in England World Cup opener

Abby Dow’s broken leg at this year’s Six Nations was so horrific that at one point she was using five different machines during her recovery in a desperate bid to get fit in time for the World Cup .

After the Wasps speedster suffered the horrific injury against Wales last April, the England medical team have been monitoring his progress closely.

Emily Ross, the Red Roses’ head physiotherapist, even attended the operation the winger underwent to get a forensic understanding of what she was dealing with.

As head coach Simon Middleton recently joked, Ross and the entire medical team “virtually moved in with her” as they charted Dow’s path to the World Cup.

It was clearly worth it – as the 24-year-old is almost back to her scary best. Middleton suggested this after naming Dow on the bench for his side’s World Cup opener against Fiji at Eden Park on Saturday.

“Every session she gets better,” said the England head coach. “It’s quite remarkable what the doctors have done and it’s no coincidence that the amount of effort they’ve put in has been incredible. I told Emily [Ross] yesterday, ‘She looks like Abby Dow again now.’

“She scored a few tries in training yesterday and she puts the fear of God in the defenders in front of her. Before her injury she was the best finisher in world rugby. To come back from where she has been is amazing – to enjoy it is the most important thing.

Middleton conceded it was a ‘bigger gamble not to take her’ in including Dow in her World Cup squad last month and remains confident she can rediscover the rich vein of form she enjoyed before her cruel reverse. In a measure of the winger’s prolificacy, during England’s 25-game winning streak, she ranked first in yards taken, as well as the number of defenders beaten.

Dow’s determination to complete what would be a miraculous comeback – after cutting a nine-month prognosis down to just six – is making this England side hungry.

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