Atkinson and Marais return to training
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