Following last week’s training week Dragons medical team report a continued trend in first team player availability, currently running at almost 85% with a number of players going through end-stage rehab and Ashton Hewitt continuing his return following surgery.
The intensity of Christmas and New Year fixtures, which generally impacts on availability through January, has been mitigated this year with a two-week recovery gap in the fixture schedule ahead of the end of season run-in.
A comparison with last season demonstrates the improvement year-on-year for the Dragons. Thirty-five out of 45 players are currently recognized as fully fit in the Dragons squad, three are undergoing modified training and seven are out injured, whereas at the same date last year only three players were deemed as fully fit, twelve were sidelined by injury and a further 40 were in modified training programmes.
Injury updates – Being Assessed
Ryan Bevington (concussion) - Continuing his graduated return to play ahead of a medical review in Birmingham where it is hoped he will be given the all clear to start contact training in the final element to his rehabilitation.
Ashton Hewitt (shoulder) – Underwent an X-ray and review in Manchester earlier today (Monday) which confirmed the bone graft united, so can now step up his rehab with optimism.
No Injury update – unavailable for selection
Arwel Robson (hamstring), James Sheekey (hip), Aaron Jarvis (hamstring), Brandon Nansen (hamstring).