Gaskell cleared of break
September 14, 2010
James Gaskell could feature for Sale against Harlequins © Getty Images
Sale skipper James Gaskell has an '80% chance' of being fit to face Harlequins at Edgeley Park on Friday after fears that he had broken his leg were dismissed.
The 20-year-old, the youngest captain in the club's history, was injured in Sunday's 28-13 Aviva Premiership loss to Saracens at Vicarage Road, with head coach Mike Brewer originally fearing that he had fractured his fibula.
"The good news regarding James is that there is no fracture, or even strain, and it looks like he will have an 80% chance of being fit to play at home to Harlequins on Friday," Brewer said. "The factor that will determine whether James can play will be whether he is able to train on Wednesday.
"Had he been ruled out for a week or two I wouldn't have been overly concerned but, obviously, it is good news that the injury isn't what we first feared."
The Sharks have also reported that Wales international scrum-half Dwayne Peel will be fit for selection this weekend despite taking a blow to the nose against Saracens.
Ireland have the world sitting up and taking notice - and rugby's structure in Europe will aid their Rugby World Cup bid, writes John Mitchell
Where does Italy's win over Scotland rank among their successes in the Six Nations? Scrum Sevens investigates
The tone was set early on in Dublin as a more clinical Ireland made England pay. All is not lost, however, argues Phil Vickery
Monday Maul takes in retirement talk, England reshuffles, France's unfair advantage and Scotland's communication breakdown