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Jimenez delighted to be back after lay-off

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Miguel Angel Jimenez is preparing to return at the Open de Espana © Getty Images
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Miguel Angel Jimenez will make his first start on the European Tour since breaking his leg this week, at the Open de Espana.

Jimenez, 49, broke his leg in a skiing accident in December last year - but will make his return to competitive golf at the same event where he made his professional debut 30 years ago.

"My leg is improving daily," Jimenez said. "I work out every morning in the gym and I'm actually a little ahead of schedule on my rehab. I am not one hundred per cent fit, but I want to test myself and see how I feel.

"I can't wait to be back on tour with my friends and I'd hate to miss the chance of playing at El Saler. "

He added: "I have many fond memories of El Saler. We used to play many tournaments in the 80s - I won an Under-25 in 1986. We also played two or three Campeonatos de Levante, and later on a few European Tour events. The last I played was the 2003 Seve Trophy."

Jimenez will be hoping to quickly return to the form he showed prior to his accident, when he won the Hong Kong Open in November to become the oldest winner in European Tour history.

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