Gloucester suffer Simpson-Daniel blow
November 21, 2012
James Simpson-Daniel faces a spell on the sidelines © Getty Images
Gloucester will have to cope without star winger James Simpson-Daniel for up to four months after the flyer was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Simpson-Daniel suffered the injury in training in what coach Nigel Davies labelled an "innocuous incident". He has undergone surgery on the shoulder and will miss the next three to four months.
The 30-year-old has been in impressive form for Gloucester this season - scoring two tries - and Davies will now look elsewhere in his squad to fill the void. "It's a blow for James and for us, particularly with the way he has been playing," Davies told the Citizen. "He was in excellent form. He had had a good pre-season, was looking fresh and was playing exceptionally well.
"We are hugely disappointed because James was a big part of what we'd been so far this season. He had an operation and there was damage in his shoulder and that has been repaired. That will keep him away from action for about three to four months.
"In one regard he is on the way to recovery, but it's going to be a reasonably lengthy process. Now it falls on to the next guys to come in and do exactly the same. We've played without him on a couple of occasions before and we've been able to do that."
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