12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old had not played since he tore a hamstring while scoring a try in the 29-22 victory over Wales in the Six Nations clash on 6th March.
However he came on in the 65th minute of the 29-9 victory over Brive replacing French fly-half Frederic Michalak, Elissalde like the player he replaced can play in both halfback positions. "I didn't really enjoy it out there but it is good to be back as I didn't expect even to be playing before the end of the season," he admitted.
"However I had to go on because there were no other options at that stage and it is good to get a bit of a workout even if there wasn't much pressure as we had the game won by then.
"The positive thing is that I didn't feel any pain in the hamstring," he added.
Elissalde's return is welcome news also for Toulouse as the other fly-half Yann Delaigue had to pull out of this match half-an-hour before the match with Brive because of a pulled calf muscle.
Meanwhile, their opponents in the final London Wasps were handed a 48-17 hammering by Leicester at Adams Park on Saturday. The result means that Wasps must now beat Northampton Saints next weekend to book their place in the Final, which will take place less than a week after the Heineken Cup Final against Toulouse - also at Twickenham.
The game against Northampton is hardly what coach Warren Gatland would have ideally wanted a week before his side take on Toulouse in the Heineken final. There is a jaded air about the Wasps side just now and one club source claiming that the players "have been out on their feet since the game against Munster in the semi-final." Whatever the truth of that claim, the spring does look to be gone out of the Wasps' step since that epic encounter two weeks ago.