Rhys Gill provides Challenge Cup Final injury worry

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Cardiff Blues loosehead Rhys Gill was the only casualty at Judgement Day on Saturday, but has given Danny Wilson a real worry with the Challenge Cup Final just two weeks away.

The prop departed the defeat to Ospreys after just five minutes after suffering a broken jaw. To add insult to injury, it appears the break was sustained in a clash with the shoulder of Josh Turnbull as they both tried to tackle Hanno Dirksen.

31-year-old Gill went straight into surgery after the game in the hope of getting a plate inserted, giving him the best chance to feature against Gloucester in Bilbao, but time is certainly not on his side.

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Rhys Gill is an injury concern ahead of the Challenge Cup Final

Fortunately for Wilson, if Gill doesn’t recover in time, then Bradley Thyer showed he was more than capable of stepping into the squad if required to.

Playing for more than 30 minutes for the first time since Boxing Day, early stat indications suggest the 25-year-old made as many as 30 tackles in a ferocious defensive display, as well as looking competent at scrum time.

After a career threatening head injury last season, it is pleasing to see Thyer boosting our loosehead options, with Gethin Jenkins, Corey Domachowski and Rhys Carre also in contention.

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Brad Thyer put in an all-action display against Ospreys

Meanwhile, Danny Wilson will also be without longer term absentees Matthew Rees, George Earle, Sam Warburton, Jack Roberts, Alex Cuthbert and Rhun Williams for the Bilbao showpiece, but all players rested against Ospreys on Saturday are looking like being available for the Final.

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