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Dan Lydiate still hoping for Lions chance after ending long absence

Last Updated: 22/03/13 11:01pm

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Dan Lydiate: Back in action and dreaming of a Lions call

Dan Lydiate: Back in action and dreaming of a Lions call

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Wales back-rower Dan Lydiate hopes he still has enough time to secure a place in the Lions squad after making his return from injury.

Lydiate played 40 minutes of the Dragons' 52-19 defeat at the hands of the Ospreys on Friday night, marking his first game action since breaking and dislocating his ankle in September.

The 25-year-old has only four more games to stake his claim for a place in Warren Gatland's squad for the tour of Australia, and although there is plenty of competition in his position, he hopes to at least be able to put himself in Gatland's thoughts.

Lydiate said: "It was nice to be back out there, I was blowing a bit and I was glad to come off at half-time but it has been nearly six months since I last played and I really enjoyed it.

"I am happy with how it went and hopefully I can build on that. I am not fully match fit, but I felt strong in contact and it is just a matter of timing.

"I slipped off a few tackles but it was a massive confidence booster to come off the field in one piece.

"If I am to have any chance of going I need to find my form pretty quick, but I am just happy with how today went and I will work hard over the coming weeks.

"It's a dream for any player to go on a Lions tour, but I am not focusing on that at the minute.

"If you do that something will happen, you may get injured or lose form. I just need to get back fit and try and have a good run before the end of the season."

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