England captain Dylan Hartley has revealed that he is confident of making a full recovery in time for next season from the concussion that has ruled him out of the summer tour of South Africa, according to a report on the Telegraph.

The hooker has not been in action since he picked up the injury in the Six Nations against Ireland.

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The 32-year-old pulled out of the summer tour squad after getting medical advice. He decided to stay at home and continue to recover from the injury to lessen the chances of it getting worse.

When speaking about the injury and his comeback, Hartley said:

Selfishly, I could have lied to myself and everyone else and said ‘I’ll tour’, and I could have got on with it but I had to make a hard decision not to.

The last time we played was here (Twickenham) against the Irish and it didn’t go well for us. And you want to be part of the resurgence and what will be a successful tour for the team.

I’m not ready to finish playing yet, the feeling of being here and of knowing what the guys are about to go and do still excites me.

Looking at who’s touring, there’s a good core of experience there but it’s not the same England team. Owen will captain it, and he’ll put his own stamp on that.

The Northampton man is eager to come back fully fit and fresh for the new season. England start their tour in Johannesburg on 9th June.