Prop injuries are not a concern
GLOUCESTER'S tighthead prop injury concerns should not take a firm grip, believes Carl Hogg.
Dario Chistolini limped out of Saturday's 26-7 Northampton defeat just before half-time, pulling a calf muscle.
Shaun Knight withdrew from England Saxons' Friday night victory over Irish Wolfhounds in Galway with a knee problem.
And Rupert Harden is continuing his recovery from neck trouble.
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But Gloucester forwards coach Hogg does not anticipate these worries piling up into a serious problem.
Academy prop Tom Heard – on loan at Cinderford in the main this season – replaced Chistolini at Franklin's Gardens, but after a promising start struggled in the scrum.
Chistolini had failed to cope with Saints' power too – and Gloucester return to the East Midlands for a pivotal Premiership clash on Saturday, February 9.
The Cherry and Whites will hope to have Knight and Harden fit for that demanding clash, and Hogg sees no reason for that not happening.
He explained: "Dario pulled his calf so we'll have to wait and see how he is in the next couple of days.
"Hopefully Rupert won't be too far away now, and we'll see how Shaun comes on, but we'd like to think that was more precautionary than anything else."