08 December 2004
Gloucester's James Simpson-Daniel will miss Saturday's vital Heineken Cup encounter in Cardiff against the Blues after being ruled out of first team action for between three to four weeks.
The 22 year-old left wing was replaced at half time in the 23-19 win over Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Cup last Saturday after picking up a shoulder injury.
A scan this week has confirmed damage to a muscle in his shoulder, and Simpson-Daniel will receive treatment and rehab this week, with a view to returning to first team action in the New Year.
The Gloucester coaching staff, who are already managing a long injury list, had feared something more serious, and were relieved there was no structural damage.
Melville said: "It's disappointing for James, us and the fans, but we've got to get on with things. There's no point in thinking about what ifs and what could be, we've got a vital game against Cardiff Blues at the weekend, and all our focus has to go into that."
Simpson-Daniel, who had only just returned after a month out with a hamstring injury, was also in determined mood as he came to terms with another period on the sidelines.
Talking to www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com he said: "Nigel's right, what's happened has happened and we've got to move forward. For me, that's making sure I work hard to get the shoulder right and come back, and for the team, it means getting on with preparations for Saturday. We all know what the Cardiff game means. We knew we couldn't lose another one in the Heineken Cup after losing in Paris."