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From The Treatment Room: Injury Update

Published on 13th May 2013 by Tom Tainton

Five players undergo surgical procedures

Bristol Rugby will be without two new recruits during pre-season preparations, as Errie Claassens and Nicky Robinson are set to be sidelined through injury.

Claassens, who joins from Worcester, has undergone PCL and lateral meniscus repair surgery. The full-back is expected to be out of action for up to eight months.

Meanwhile Wales international Robinson received pectoral re-attachment surgery following injury sustained whilst playing for London Wasps in April. The fly half is estimated to return in 12-14 weeks.

Of the existing squad, five players have undergone surgery during the off-season. Centre Fautua Otto will be sidelined for up to six weeks after knee surgery, Ross Johnston faces 12-14 weeks out after neck surgery, while James Grindal could be out of action for 6-8 weeks after exploratory wrist surgery.

Redford Pennycook received surgery on an ongoing shoulder injury, while Jason Hobson had a knee cleanout and is expected to return in 6-8 weeks.

Long-term absentee Bryan Rennie is making good progress in his rehabilitation and will be involved in some parts of pre-season training, although his estimated return to the playing field is yet to be confirmed.


Errie Claassens – PCL and lateral meniscus repair (estimated return: 6-8 months)
Nicky Robinson – Pectoral re-attachment (estimated return: 12-14 weeks)
Fautua Otto – Knee surgery (estimated return: 6 weeks)
Ross Johnston  - Neck surgery (estimated return: 12-14 weeks)
James Grindal – Exploratory wrist surgery (estimated return: 6-8 weeks)
Jason Hobson – Knee surgery (estimated return: 6-8 weeks)
Redford Pennycook – Shoulder surgery (estimated return: 12-14 weeks)