FORMER Worcester Warriors favourite Ryan Mills has returned to training after over a year out of the game with injury.

The now Wasps centre broke his foot soon after making the move from Worcester back in July 2020 and subsequent complications have kept him on the sidelines.

He has made just five appearances for his new club since the move from Sixways, all of which came in the extended part of the 2019/20 season last September.

But Coventry Live's rugby reporter Bobby Bridge revealed that Mills has finally returned to training.

Head coach, Lee Blackett, said: "Ryan Mills has started training again. He has done a week of non-contact this week then next week he will be doing contact and available in a couple of weeks for the European block."

Mills is one of four backs that are close to being in contention again, alongside Paolo Odogwu, Sam Spink and Charlie Atkinson.

"Those four backs coming in have added a big difference to training," Blackett added.

"If we're struggling for nine or 10 fit backs, you have to think about what we're were training against on the field.

"The level of training has gone up within the last week with those guys back in training. Competition for places, pushing each other on, I think we will be better for it."

Mills was part of the 100 club at Warriors, winning 106 caps in his six years at Sixways before the former captain was released a year early from his contract to join Midlands rivals Wasps.