Atkin­son and Marais re­turn to train­ing

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

MARK Atkin­son and Franco Marais have re­turned to train­ing ahead of Glouces­ter’s Premier­ship Cup game away to Har­lequins on Satur­day.

Nei­ther have played in Glouces­ter’s first two games against London Ir­ish and Bris­tol with centre Atkin­son hav­ing a shoul­der op­er­a­tion in the sum­mer and hooker Marais pick­ing up an in­jury in pre-sea­son.

They could both fea­ture in the next cou­ple of weeks though as the Cherry and Whites build to their first league game away to Sale on Oc­to­ber 19.

“Aki’s back in train­ing which is great to see,” said Glouces­ter backs coach Tim Taylor.

“Then pretty much the squad we’ve got for the last two weeks are ready to go.

“We’ve got Franco Marais slowly com­ing back into train­ing which is good.

“He picked up a bit of a knock, not too long just a cou­ple of weeks, but he’s re­habbed well and he’s back out on the train­ing pitch now which is good.

“It will be im­por­tant that he gets some game time and we’ll dis­cuss the team this af­ter­noon go­ing into this week.

“We’ve got a few longer term in­juries but they’re mak­ing good progress as well, which is good.”

Long-term in­jury ab­sen­tees James Han­son, Henry Trinder (both achilles), Owen Wil­liams and Dom Coet­zer (both knee) re­main out along with and Char­lie Sharples (an­kle).

Prop Ruan Dreyer suf­fered a sus­pected rup­tured achilles in the de­feat at Bris­tol on Fri­day but the full ex­tent of his in­jury is yet to be con­firmed.

Taylor said: “I think he’s po­ten­tially had a scan to­day. That’s what we pre­sume it is but un­til that scan comes back I’m not 100 per cent sure.”

Glouces­ter hooker Franco Marais

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