As Pontypridd gear up for an intense run of games going into the New Year, there is good news to report on the injury front with a couple of long term absentees ready to resume action.
Outside half Simon Humberstone and no8 Owen Sheppeard, who have been out with shoulder and ankle injuries respectively, have both been given game time and have come through their rehabilitation unscathed.
Humberstone played a full eighty minutes for Basingstoke RFC last weekend, as did Sheppeard for Beddau RFC, and both now in contention for a return to duty with Pontypridd.
There is good news also on second row Craig Locke who has been sidelined with a persistent back problem, but has now resumed training. Flanker Calum Thomas is also back doing conditioning work, but unable to take full contact as yet on his shoulder, as is scrum half Garyn Lucas following a recent back strain.
Of the shorter term injury victims, lock Cory Hill is still struggling to overcome shoulder damage incurred in the recent BIC tie away in Ulster whilst flanker Wayne O’Connor is resting a badly bruised toe which forced him to withdraw from the Boxing Day encounter against Cardiff.