Sharples goes under knife
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