Gloucester Rugby: Dan Robson on course for injury comeback
TIMING is everything for a scrum-half.
From the rhythm of the pass to the split-second break, a good number nine is always in search of the perfect moment to strike.
Dan Robson is no different, which is exactly why he is so relieved his planned shoulder surgery paid off as predicted.
The 21-year-old spent the last few weeks of last term grinding on despite a partial labrum tear in his left shoulder.
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Gloucester's medics advised he wait until the end of the campaign, then go under the knife for the clean-up operation.
Six days after Gloucester were edged out 40-39 in a high-octane thriller at Exeter Chiefs, Robson was in surgery, having part of his shoulder joint stapled back together.
Three months later he is closing in on full fitness: just as the pre-season selection battle is about to reach its peak.
Robson impressed in the weekend's World Club Sevens competition at Twickenham.
And now he is hoping to be involved in Saturday's pre-season clash against Munster in Limerick (kick-off 5pm, Thomond Park).
Robson explained: "It's feeling good, I've been in the gym working hard and feeling better all the time with it.
"It's just about the same size as the other one now!
"It depleted quite a lot which was quite embarrassing, but it's feeling good now and I'm ready to go.
"I tore part of my labrum, so they stapled it back together.
"It was slightly annoying, but the end of the season was the best time to have it done.
"I missed a couple of weeks of pre-season and the Toulon game, but fingers crossed I'll be available for Munster.
"We played Exeter on the Saturday, I had a meeting with the surgeon on the Wednesday and then went in on the Friday morning.
"Less than a week after the final game of last season, that was great.
"You do have worries of missing training and matches.
"But the timing allowed me to start my rehab as early as possible, and things have gone well.
"I think it was important to be able to go out to Tignes, get a good pre-season under my belt and be fit and strong for the start of the new campaign.
"You really want to impress the coaches across pre-season, and hopefully I can start doing that now."
New recruit Tavis Knoyle claimed a try on his debut in Gloucester's 42-17 defeat in Toulon on Friday, August 9.
Robson expects a fierce tussle for the nine shirt, with All Black Jimmy Cowan closing in on full fitness himself after knee ligament surgery.
Senior academy new man Reece Boughton impressed out in Toulon as a late replacement.
Gloucester have healthy depth at scrum-half this term then – but Robson said that is nothing new.
He continued: "It was pretty similar competition last year to be honest, with Dave Lewis and Jimmy.
"So I'm really looking forward to it.
"Jimmy's nearly back fit, he's looking in good condition, and Tavis played well out in Toulon.
"So the competition is going to be tough again, and that's what we need.
"I'm still young and can learn a lot from both of them, and I'm looking forward to it."