Coming off the down week and facing fifth placed Northampton Saints Johan Ackermann gave the latest Gloucester Rugby injury update as one of their star wingers faces a lengthy time on the sidelines.
Gloucester injury round-up.
-Henry Purdy is ruled out of Northampton with a failed concussion test.
-Jason Woodward will be out for around 5 weeks.
-Ollie Thorley has an injury that’s listed as 12 weeks but they’re hoping he’ll return after 6-8.
-Tom Hudson is cleared.
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Ollie Thorley facing up to 12 weeks out
Coming off early against Wasps at Kingsholm a few weeks ago initial fears were that it wouldn’t be a significant injury.
However, Ackermann has said that the England winger could face a lengthy time on the side, “Ollie is 50/50, theoretically he is finished for the season but there’s hope clinically through the surgeon that if he rehabs well and we stay in the competition then we may see him in the last round or play-offs.
“On paper it’s a 12 week injury, but we believe and he’s positive that we can get him back in six to eight weeks.”
Full back out until May
Also departing the field with an injury against Wasps, full back Jason Woodward has been ruled out for a significant time.
Johan Ackermann saying, “Woodward is out for around five weeks, again it’s a weekly thing. He’s got a calf tear and they’re quality players we’ve got injured at the moment, but it allows opportunities for us to test other guys.
“Now we really have to rely on the squad to pull us through.”
Tom Hudson set for return as Purdy ruled out
There is some positive news for Gloucester fans as Tom Hudson will return to selection this week.
Following a battle with a head injury he’s been sidelined ever since the Bath Premiership Cup game, but he’s poised to make a return at Franklin’s Gardens this weekend.
The head coach said, “Tom is cleared, so that’s good news. He is back and available for selection, but Henry Purdy is out for the weekend. He failed his concussion so he has to go through the correct steps so it puts him out until he passes his markers.
“We’ll be tested in that areas but we still have Matt Banahan, Charlie Sharples and Tom Marshall. Now it’s time for the young guys to step up again.
“The likes of Tom Seabrook and the academy guys we’ll train and prepare as well as we can and pick the guy who is ready for the job.”
Grobler picks up ankle injury
Many of the Kingsholm faithful have questioned where Gerbrandt Grobler has been to the last few weeks, but today it emerged that he will now face a few weeks out with an ankle injury.
Ackermann said, “Gerbrandt is out for around two or three weeks as he’s picked up a ligament injury in his ankle. Luckily it’s not for the rest of the season, but he won’t be considered for this weekend.”
This follows the news in recent weeks that the trio of Henry Trinder, James Hanson and Owen Williams are out for the season.
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