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After two months out, the 26-year-old was called up to the Scotland squad to face Ireland in their 2013 RBS 6 Nations encounter following an impressive return for club-side Glasgow.
But despite not adding to his 41 Scotland caps in this year’s campaign, Townsend insists it won’t be long before Barclay is back in the fold as he displays some of the best form of his career.
"John's running lines were excellent, he worked well with Ruaridh [Jackson] and he picks his lines very well," said Townsend.
"His timing was good so he's always at pace when he takes the ball and I thought that was his best game of the season.
“You’ve got to remember he has had a number of injuries. John is back to the form he showed when he was playing for Scotland.
“He scored a cracking try against Castres in the Heineken Cup but did his hamstring, so he wasn't fit enough for the Six Nations, but I'm really pleased for him."