RISING star Ted Hill cannot wait to see his “great mentor” Marco Mama back in action for Worcester Warriors this afternoon.

Fit-again Mama has been named as captain for Warriors’ Premiership Cup clash with Bath at The Rec today (3pm).

It will be the back rower’s first outing since being rushed to hospital in April after being diagnosed with compartment syndrome – a condition that occurs when pressure within muscles builds to dangerous levels.

Mama underwent a series of operations, casting doubt over whether he would be fit for the start of this season.

But the 28-year-old has fully recovered and will now lead the team out against Bath.

“Marco is a really good guy and has had a hard time with injuries,” Hill said.

“He’s had his hamstring issues and then that freak situation with his leg.

“It’s great to have him back. He’s a great player and a great mentor for me.

“It’s just good to be training with him again and to see him healthy.

“When it comes to recovery I think mindset is the main thing.

“Everyone has the drive to get back but you can’t rush yourself.

“It’s about taking your time, understanding where you are at and noticing that your body maybe needs a rest rather than just pushing through it.

“You have to respect him for that.”

Hill has established himself as a key man in Warriors’ back row but stressed the importance of Mama to his progress at the club.

“He’s a really good mentor,” Hill said.

“He’s great to listen to as he’s a knowledge guy. He’s a fantastic player and I try to implement some of the things he does in my game."