Having had a week free from competitive action and the additional recovery time therein, the Pontypridd RFC injury list now falls into two categories – the long term and the short term, with the latter including a number of players close to regaining full fitness.
One player who has found a happy medium between the two extremes is outside half Simon Humberstone, who underwent a summer shoulder operation but is now just about ready to resume playing. Having taken part in a number of training sessions, the plan is to allow Simon to play a game on permit hopefully over the coming weekend and to assess his recovery from there on.
Still sidelined are second rower Craig Locke, who has been diagnosed with stress fractures to the spine which require on-going treatment, and centre Adam Thomas whose left arm is now confined in a brace following a recent shoulder operation.
Hooker Jack Dando is another recovering from a shoulder operation, but now making good progress under the care of the Blues medical team.
Less serious injuries have been suffered by outside half Lewis K Williams (groin), flanker Calum Thomas (shoulder) and prop Stuart Williams (neck) – all of whom are receiving treatment but unlikely to play within the next week. Back rower Owen Sheppeard has resumed full training following his recent ankle injury and will be looking for a game on permit with a local club to regain match fitness.
Given the all clear to play this week is no8 Dan Godfrey who has been restricted by a neck injury but is now raring to go.