IT was far from ideal weather for a winger as the heavens opened in Worcester Cavaliers’ 26-8 home defeat to Wasps A in the Premiership Shield.

But after a frustrating time on the sidelines due to an ankle injury Perry Humphreys was just happy to be back on the pitch.

Humphreys played 62 minutes of the Monday night clash which saw all of the points scored in the first half as torrential rain resulted in a scrappy affair.

“It’s probably coming up to three months since I last played,” Humphreys said.

“I loved being back out there with the boys. It’s a shame about the weather but it’s good to be back.”

It was Humphreys’ first outing since damaging his ankle in Warriors’ 21-19 victory over Bath at Sixways at the start of January.

The 24-year-old had hoped to return to action sooner but the injured turned out to be more troublesome than expected.

“Dave Attwood fell pretty awkwardly on my ankle and as soon as he landed I knew something was wrong but did not know how bad it was,” Humphreys said.

“AITFL (anterior deltoid ligament) was the actual injury but I have got some history with my right ankle so that didn’t help.

“I had an ankle issue and then there was a bit of a setback, but it felt alright on Monday night.

“It’s a bit sore but not too bad.”

Humphreys has featured 11 times this season and was in fine form over the festival period before sustaining the injury against Bath.

But Humphreys hopes there is still time for him to make an impact in the Gallagher Premiership and help Warriors towards their “big push” for survival.

Second-from-bottom Worcester who are three points above the drop zone host fifth-placed Sale Sharks on Saturday (3pm).

“We have got four games left so hopefully I will get a chance in them,” Humphreys said.

“The back three haven’t really put a foot wrong so I think I’ll only get a go through injury.

“But I am here if they need me.

“It’s hard to sit on the sidelines as we need a big push in these last four games now.

“We are always better at home and we’ve got Sale here this weekend.

“Everyone knows it is a big one for us so I am sure the boys will get their heads down this week and try to get a result on the weekend.”

Meanwhile, Cavaliers’ hopes of reaching the semi-finals were all but washed away following the defeat to Wasps.

Gordon Ross’ side sit third, five points off second-placed Northampton Wanderers ahead of their final pool game at leaders Newcastle Falcons on April 22.

“It will be a long trip but it is always nice to play a bit of rugby,” Humphreys added.

“Hopefully it is not too cold up there!”