Cardiff Blues will be boosted by the return of Tomos Williams to the matchday squad for the trip to reigning Guinness Pro14 champions Leinster on Sunday.
The 25-year-old has been out of action since dislocating his shoulder against the Scarlets in August, but is fit again ahead of the initial estimation of four months out to help John Mulvihill’s side maintain a spot in the play-offs during the final two rounds of this fixture block.
There is concern about whether he will be joined in the back line by Willis Halaholo at the RDS though. The centre was seen limping back to the changing rooms at the end of Monday night’s win over Benetton. He went for a scan on Tuesday morning before tweeting “Setbacks in life are opportunities to perform at a new level”. It is not known the extent of any injury, or if it relates to the ACL tear suffered last year.
Elsewhere the full extent of the back row crisis has been confirmed by Mulvihill, with Sam Moore added to the unavailable list to make it seven back rowers unavailable for Sunday’s game. It is expected that Josh Turnbull will play on the openside, James Ratti stay on the blindside and Alun Lawrence will wear the number eight jersey. Academy openside Gwilym Bradley is set for his debut off the bench.
There is some good news that Olly Robinson’s shoulder injury is not as bad as first feared though. No serious damage has been found and the 29-year-old is set to be available to face Glasgow Warriors next week.