In­jury set­back Come­back kid Coet­zer to miss most of sea­son

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX - Robert ILES

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GLOUCES­TER young­ster Dom Coet­zer picked up an in­jury that will keep him out for most of the sea­son within around 10 days of re-sign­ing for the club.

The 21-year-old South African re­quired surgery on his knee af­ter hurt­ing it in train­ing, hav­ing only re­joined later in pre-sea­son af­ter ini­tially leav­ing the club at the end of last sea­son.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate for him be­cause he lit­er­ally just come back and within about 10 days of re-sign­ing he gets this in­jury,” said Glouces­ter Academy for­wards coach Trevor Wood­man.

“That will be a long-term in­jury, we prob­a­bly won’t see him un­til the back end of the sea­son now.”

Coet­zer, who can play at fly-half, cen­tre or full-back, made four appearance­s in his first sea­son at Glouces­ter af­ter join­ing from the Storm­ers’ Academy, scor­ing on his Pre­mier­ship de­but against Sale last sea­son.

Wood­man has backed him to come back stronger from the set­back.

“When you’re in and around a team also that has ex­pe­ri­enced those in­juries as well, you see you’re not the only one in the squad that’s in­jured.

“If you were the only one sin­gled out and you’re work­ing on your own for six, seven months you’d prob­a­bly be chal­lenged men­tally but when you gen­er­ally see other peo­ple in re­hab groups do­ing the same sort of thing, he’ll be dis­ap­pointed be­cause he’s not play­ing and he’ll ob­vi­ously be frus­trated but he’ll have the men­tal strength to get through it.

“He’s pos­i­tive, he’s do­ing ev­ery­thing he can as early as pos­si­ble so he’ll try to push the bound­aries and get back when he can.”

Coet­zer would have been ex­pected to get a run-out in the early part of Glouces­ter’s sea­son if he was fit with four Pre­mier­ship Rugby Cup games be­fore the league cam­paign gets un­der­way.

Se­nior stars Char­lie Sharples (an­kle), Henry Trinder, James Han­son (both Achilles), Owen Wil­liams (knee) and Mark Atkin­son (shoul­der) re­main side­lined but Glouces­ter are ex­pected to play a youth­ful side in their open­ing game against Lon­don Ir­ish on Sat­ur­day.

“They’re still mak­ing their way back from in­jury so they’re still a lit­tle way off at the mo­ment,” said Wood­man.

“But I think gen­er­ally be­ing the first game it’s a good op­por­tu­nity to give the new play­ers that have signed in a Glouces­ter jersey.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the young boys that have shown their prom­ise in the se­nior academy to get their chance as well.”

Dom Coet­zer re­turned to Glouces­ter soon af­ter be­ing re­leased

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