Gloucester Rugby injury worries lightened ahead of Castres

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GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Val Rapava Ruskin of Gloucester breaks with the ball during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester Rugby and Northampton Saints at Kingsholm Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Gloucester kick off their Heineken Champions Cup campaign this Sunday against Castres at Kingsholm. Gloucester fans will be relieved to hear that Ackermann has some positive news on injuries ahead of the big match. Robert Rees gives the latest update on the Gloucester Rugby injury worries. 

Gloucester Rugby injury worries: the prop saga

Val Rapava Ruskin has returned to training ahead of the Castres following a period out with a rib injury. This could well provide a huge boost with Ruskin boasting experience at the highest level.

However, Ackermann also revealed that Alex Seville could be sidelined for up to four to six weeks following a calf tear. Further medical procedures are to follow to fully understand the extent of the problem.

Two Tom’s back in action

Lock Tom Savage has made his return from injury and will be competing for his spot in the squad once again and will strengthen the pool of tight five forwards. Savage has been out since pre-season where he suffered a knee injury against Ulster, but has made a rather quick turnaround with his rehab.

Tom Marshall will return to fight for the full back jersey as he returned to training this week. Tom Hudson currently holds the shirt with Woodward chasing him down. Marshall will provide excellent competition for them both and will help Gloucester compete in the long run after returning from a shoulder injury.

Ackermann insists that Gareth Denman is out long term and this last week has begun his first running in his rehabilitation, but will be back before the end of the season.

Back row woes sound the alarm

Ruan Ackermann remains out and will be back in around three to four weeks. A knee injury against Saracens has sidelined him for several weeks now. Ackermann senior doesn’t expect him back until early November where he’ll look to regain his spot in the squad once again.

Jaco Kriel remains out of match action, but was in the last training session. This also follows Lewis Ludlow’s citing decision which rules him out of the game on Sunday with a four week ban. Ackermann insists the team have prepared for an eventuality without him and are in a good place no matter the outcome of his hearing.

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