Ahead of this Sunday’s first Heineken Champions Cup home game in almost five years, Cardiff Blues are looking at a lengthy queue forming outside the treatment room at The Vale Resort.
Long-term injuries to a number have players have seen them be unavailable since the start of the season, with Matthew Rees, Jack Roberts and Rhun Williams still some way from returning to first team action.
Three players have picked up injuries during the first few weeks of the season, as George Earle’s ankle problem, Seb Davies’ PCL tear and Blaine Scully’s fractured larynx keeping them on the sidelines this weekend, and Seb out of the Wales squad for the Autumn Internationals picked this week.
This was also the reason for Josh Navidi and Owen Lane’s names not appearing in Waaren Gatland’s squad list on Tuesday, with both players picking up potentially serious injuries in the win over Lyon last weekend.
Josh Navidi picked up a knee injury towards the end of the 80 minutes and was seen in a knee brace after the game, while Owen Lane appears to have suffered a tear in his hamstring after chasing down Lyon as they scored a late try.
Macauley Cook also suffered a knock out in France, being withdrawn during the first half after taking a heavy impact on his right shoulder, and is facing a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of this Sunday’s game against Glasgow.
There is some good news for John Mulvihill though, with Dmitri Arhip expected to properly return to the matchday 23 after pulling out of the squad late in the day before the Lyon match, while Gethin Jenkins has come through two Cardiff Blues A matches and is now ready to compete with Brad Thyer and Rhys Gill for a loosehead prop berth.