Updated: Friday, 17 January 2014 04:33 | By Agence France-Presse

France wing Clerc returns after nine months out

French international winger Vincent Clerc will return after nine months out with a knee injury when Toulouse face Italian side Zebre in the European Cup on Saturday.

France wing Clerc returns after nine months out

France's right wing Vincent Clerc applauds at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis on March 16, 2013 - by Franck Fife

"We think the time has come after two matches in the reserves and he has started to take the brakes off," Toulouse coach Guy Noves told AFP.

Clerc suffered torn knee ligaments against Clermont in Top 14 action on April 20, 2013. 

"We do not expect Vincent to rediscover international form but it's important for him to get competitive matches under his belt even if he won't be making weaving moves throughout the match," added Noves. 

Clerc is delighted to back in action for the four-time European champions and hopes to force his way back into the France squad as well. 

"For me, the most important thing is to refind my top level and play the big matches for Toulouse and put myself in contention for the France team," said Clerc earlier this month. 

The speedy Clerc, who has scored 34 tries in 67 appearances for France, now hopes to help Toulouse defeat Zebre in Parma and guarantee a home tie in the last eight. 

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