Marconnet on course for Cup

French forward winning the race to be fit

By Katy Richards.   Last Updated: 31/07/07 2:04pm

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French prop Sylvain Marconnet is winning his battle to be fit for the World Cup after returning to training this week.

Marconnet suffered a spiral fracture to his tibia whilst on a skiing holiday earlier this year mid-way through the Six Nations tournament. However at the French training camp he managed to jog for 20 minutes and undertake some limited weight training.

The 31-year-old, along with Christian Califano, is France's most-capped prop with 71 appearances. He will undergo a scan in a fortnight to determine how far he has to go on the road to recovery.

Also in the session, fly-half Frederick Michalak strained a thigh muscle and will be recovering over the next few days.

Injured back row forward Imanol Harinordoquy remained on the sidelines in order to prevent any damage to one of his ankles whilst centre Damien Traille made a comeback to training with a lighter programme following his groin operation at the end of May.

All efforts are focused on attaining a fully-fit squad in preparation for France's notoriously demanding Group D matches versus Argentina, Ireland, Georgia and Namibia.