GEORGINA ROBINSON May 10, 2012
Recovering ... Drew Mitchell. Photo: Steve Christo
Drew Mitchell is a "50/50" chance of making an early return to rugby for the Waratahs in two weeks.
Coach Michael Foley said Mitchell had to take one more fitness test to decide whether he would make the side touring South Africa when it leaves on Saturday.
"There's a good chance [he will go], I would say 50/50, he ran yesterday and he's pulled up out of that pretty well," Foley said.
"We've decided we want to give him one more test, which is one step further up, and that will be tomorrow."
The session will test how Mitchell's ankle copes under changes of direction at his top-end speed.
"What we don't want to find is that we put him into a game situation and he breaks down just at that top-end," Foley said.
"We're clearly not trying to break him but we feel that the next step up is to put him in that change of direction at high speed. Tomorrow will be his hardest test and if he comes through that then he's in a pretty good position to challenge for selection against the Cheetahs."
The Waratahs play the Stormers in Cape Town on May 19 before heading north to Bloemfontein where they face the Cheetahs on May 26.
The Test winger's recovery to date has been remarkable considering he at one stage doubted he would play rugby again.
Foley said some time off, good medical advice and Mitchell's hard work was behind the turnaround.
"[It is] a tribute I think to the fact that our medical staff worked so hard to get the added information from outside and to him for the hard work that he's put in," he said.