14 December 2004
There is no respite from the injury crisis that is gripping the Recreation Ground at present. Missing thirteen players for last weekend's crunch Heineken Cup Pool Two match against Benetton Treviso suffering with a whole spectrum of injuries, Bath Rugby were dealt a further blow yesterday with the news that promising young centre Spencer Davey will miss the rest of the season with an ACL ligament tear.
England under 21 international Davey, who started against Treviso last weekend, was forced from the field of play midway through the second half with a suspected knee injury. However, following a scan it was revealed that he had ruptured his ACL ligament and will require surgery.
"I can confirm that Spencer has ruptured his ACL ligament," said a rather busy Bath Rugby Head of Physical Preparation Chris Mallac. "He has completely ruptured the tendon and will now require a knee reconstruction to repair the damage. Spencer will be sidelined for around six months."
Head Coach John Connolly said that Spencer's injury was a massive blow for player and club. "Spencer has been a key squad member this season and his injury is a massive set back for a promising young man," he said. "We would all like to wish him a speedy recovery."
Meanwhile, scrum half Nick Walshe may miss Saturday's Powergen Cup sixth round tie against NEC Harlequins at the Rec after sustaining an ankle knock during the 47-7 victory over Treviso at the weekend. Another doubtful is centre Alex Crockett. Crockett has been in fine form this season but suffered a heavy impact on his shoulder which was giving him some discomfort. His progress will be monitored this week.
However, yesterday Connolly confirmed that Martyn Wood should figure in the game after overcoming a hamstring strain. "I would say that Martyn is about 99 percent today and should be involved at the weekend," he said.
Hooker Jonathan Humphreys, number eight Zak Feaunati, lock Danny Grewcock and full back Lee Best could all figure on Saturday having resumed training following injuries.
There are still tickets available for Saturday's match through the Bath Rugby Ticket Office on 0971 721 1865. All tickets are cheaper for this match with adult tickets starting from �15 and juniors gaining entry for half price in all areas of the ground.