Tuesday, 14th January 2020 @ 10:23
Michele Campagnaro, James Lang, Will Evans, Tom Lawday, George Head and Travis Ismaiel have been added to the Harlequins injury list.
Full back / winger Aaron Morris has recovered from an injury sustained earlier this season, whilst hooker Max Crumpton made his return from injury against Bath, however he picked up a hamstring injury in the second half and is set for three months rehabilitation.
Crumpton’s and Morris’ return seemed to offer encouragement, particularly with hookers Rob Buchanan, Scott Baldwin and George Head all carrying long terms injuries. Club Captain Chris Robshaw also picked up a head injury and may require a further week of recovery, therefore is unlikely to be available for selection to face ASM Clermont Auvergne.
Italian centre Michele Campagnaro was injured at Big Game 12 and will be out until next season following knee surgery. Campagnaro’s injury adds to the Club’s injury list in the centres after James Lang had surgery on Christmas eve and joins fellow centres Ben Tapuai and Francis Saili in the hands of the medical department.
Summer signing back rowers Tom Lawday and Will Evans are currently on the sidelines with Evans recovering from a broken jaw and former Exeter Chiefs player Lawday begins the recuperation process after tearing his hamstring against Sale.
South African winger Travis Ismaiel is also set for a spell on the sidelines, having injured his hamstring in a Premiership Rugby Shield fixture against Saracens and is set to be out of action.
Mike Lancaster, Head of Medical Services at Harlequins: ‘’We have had several contact injuries in key positions, which certainly challenges all facets of the rugby department, both players and staff are working hard to rectify our current situation. With regard to Michele, he has applied himself well and we are confident he has the attitude to overcome adversity.
“Likewise, whilst the injury to James Lang was a huge blow to his Six Nations hopes, we have already seen real improvements and hope to see him returning to action mid - late February.”
Head of Rugby Paul Gustard added: “We have had a very difficult few months with long term injuries sustained in the opening rounds of the Gallagher Premiership, which were further compounded by severe injuries to players in the same position in the weeks after.
“We have five senior centres out and four senior hookers injured which is not only freakish but reveals the hidden cost of injury in terms of training pedagogy and numbers.
“To have over 15 players unavailable, with many forming the backbone of our season last year, is disappointing. However, the staff and group we have are confident in the ability that we do have playing and the character that we have to compete on a weekly basis.”
Current Injury List:
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