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Last Updated: Friday, 15 December 2006, 14:00 GMT
Wilkinson resumes light training
Jonny Wilkinson
Wilkinson could be fit to return to action in February
England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has resumed light training as he seeks to regain fitness after a kidney problem.

The 27-year-old, who suffered a lacerated kidney in Newcastle's win over Bristol in November, could return to first-team action in two months.

"We haven't put a date on it, but realistically it may be some time during the Six Nations," said Falcons director of rugby John Fletcher.

"He is in a great frame of mind and also in fantastic condition."

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Injury-plagued Wilkinson, who has not represented England since the 2003 World Cup final, was playing his first game after two months out with a knee injury.

He played the full 80 minutes in the win over Bristol but believes he suffered the injury just 20 minutes into the match.

Wilkinson has suffered a long and varied series of injuries, including shoulder nerve, biceps, appendicitis, groin and, earlier this season, knee ligament problems.

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