Sharples goes un­der knife

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

GLOUCES­TER winger Char­lie Sharples has un­der­gone an an­kle op­er­a­tion.

Head coach Jo­han Ack­er­mann said an in­jury from last sea­son “flared up” in pre-sea­son train­ing but it is hoped by deal­ing with it early he will be back for the start of the Premier­ship sea­son in Oc­to­ber.

“The only in­jury we picked up in pre-sea­son that was un­fore­seen was Char­lie Sharples,” said Ack­er­mann.

“The gen­eral feeling was in­stead of wait­ing to see if it’s go­ing to get bet­ter, just fix it and he had an op­er­a­tion a few weeks ago.

“He’s still a few weeks from be­ing fit so again he’s go­ing to be out for two or three months.

“But rather now and get him ready be­fore the sea­son starts than wait till the sea­son starts.”

Glouces­ter re­turn to ac­tion in just over a month’s time when they face Lon­don Ir­ish at King­sholm for the first of four Premier­ship Cup games, which will ef­fec­tively act as their pre-sea­son for the start of the league cam­paign in Oc­to­ber.

Mark Atkin­son has also had an op­er­a­tion on his shoul­der over the sum­mer and is ex­pected to re­turn in Septem­ber.

Long-term in­jured play­ers James Hanson, Henry Trinder (both achilles), Owen Wil­liams (knee) are ex­pected to miss the start of the sea­son but are still on track in their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“They will have a late re­turn but they’re on sched­ule of ex­pec­ta­tion of where the in­juries must be at this time af­ter the op­er­a­tion,” said Ack­er­mann.

“But then again it’s in­juries we can’t fast-track. You have to ful­fil the sixth or sev­enth or eighth month so they’ve still got a long way to go.”

Char­lie Sharples is ex­pected to be fit for the start of the Premier­ship sea­son in Oc­to­ber

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