Gloucester Rugby lineout boss James Hudson forced to wait again for Premiership debut
JAMES Hudson will have to wait one more week for his Gloucester Premiership debut.
The former Newcastle Falcons lock will miss this weekend’s Saracens trip after failing to beat his pectoral muscle problem.
The 31-year-old lineout boss picked up the niggle in Gloucester’s 31-17 Scarlets victory at Kingsholm on Friday, August 30.
Gloucester boss Nigel Davies had hoped to have his specialist lineout man back in time for the testing Saracens clash at Allianz Park on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).
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But now the ex-Bath and London Irish man will have to kick his heels in frustration again.
Former London Welsh hooker Dan George will miss three weeks after breaking a rib in Saturday’s 22-16 league loss to Sale Sharks at Kingsholm.
But there is better news on Jonny May, who will feature in Monday night’s A League clash against Sale Jets at Heywood Road.
And long-term casualty Huia Edmonds is nearing fitness after tearing knee ligaments in April.
Davies explained: “It’s still a week too soon for James, but he’s very close.
“Dan George has popped a rib so he will be out for the next three weeks.
“We’ve got Koree back who’s fit and Darren fit too.
“Jonny May will hopefully have some game time against Sale on Monday night.
“He dislocated his elbow sure, but because of the quick action of our doctor, we were able to get that back in very quickly, and it had minimal damage on the structures around the displacement.
“So it’s great, he has rehabbed very well, he’s very professional around that.
“He took part in a full-contact training session, and looked very comfortable.
“Huia is starting to take part in full contact sessions, so hopefully he’ll be a week or two away.
“That would be a timely return, with only two hookers fit as things stand.”