30 December 2004
Gloucester's Nigel Melville received better news than he had first thought after James Simpson-Daniel's shoulder operation on Thursday.
The 22 year-old wing, who injured his shoulder at the Heineken Cup clash against Cardiff Blues at the start of December, will be out for between three and four weeks.
Gloucester boss Melville had feared the talented winger could be out for longer and was relieved to learn that Simpson-Daniel could be back in first team action come the end of January.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Melville said: "It's not great to have Sinbad (James Simpson-Daniel) out for another three to four weeks, but we're relieved that the operation was a success, and although there was damage to the shoulder, it isn't as bad as it could have been. The good news is that we've got a relative short time scale to get him back into first team action."
Simpson-Daniel had been in superb form before the shoulder and an earlier hamstring injury ruled him out of top-flight rugby, scoring six tries in the opening nine games.
The young winger will take three to five days to recover from the operation before starting rehabilitation work that will focus on stabilising his shoulder, and it is hoped he'll return to training in about two to three weeks.