In last week’s team announcement before the Dragons game, Cardiff Blues issued a wide ranging injury update on John Mulvihill’s squad with both good news and bad news.
Starting with the good and, has been reported previously, Josh Navidi and Willis Halaholo are close to returns after lay-offs. The former is still getting right after a head injury suffered in pre-season and will hopefully play some part against the Scarlets next week, while the latter is back in full training after a minor knee operation and could be in contention to face Ospreys on New Year’s Day.
Elsewhere, Rhys Gill (bicep) and Liam Belcher (groin) have both returned to full training after injuries that have kept them out of essentially the entire season so far, with Belcher only making it a short amount of time into the Zebre game in round one before departing, while Jason Harries (knee) is back in full training this week.
Harri Millard (hamstring) and Kirby Myhill (hamstring) are both close to completing rehabilitation programmes and will be in contention again early in the new year, likely for the European games following the Welsh derbies.
On to the bad news though, and there are a number of promising youngsters on the medium-to-long-term injury list, with Will Davies-King (knee), Iestyn Harris (neck) and Teddy Williams (shoulder) all set for lengthy spells on the sidelines.
In the senior squad there is disappointment for Olly Robinson, who’s shoulder injury was only set to keep him out for two weeks but further damage revealed will mean he is sidelined into 2021, while Owen Lane has suffered another injury setback as the foot injury that caused him to withdraw from the win over Newcastle will keep him out for a longer spell.