Tom de Glanville, who was a bright spot in a dark season for Bath Rugby, is undergoing a leg scan after sustaining an injury in the club’s 22-19 win over Worcester Warriors.
Despite Bath struggling this season, De Glanville, 22, has made the third most yards on offense in the Gallagher Premiership, 921, behind Harlequins’ Tyrone Green and London Irish’s Ollie Hassell-Collins.
Blue, Black and White director of rugby Stuart Hooper confirmed De Glanville will miss this weekend’s trip to La Rochelle in the European Heineken Champions Cup, although he expects main scrum half Ben Spencer and backrower Sam Underhill to be back before the match.
Hooper said: “We don’t have a huge amount of availability and we got a few bangs against Worcester.
“But we have fit bodies and guys eager to go?
“Tom [de Glanville] we’re just waiting.
“While scoring the try, he did something to the back of his leg.
“We hope it’s not too bad but he has a scan so I’d say it’s unlikely he’ll be involved this week.
“He’s been quality this season, he’s really grown in the team.
“His influence is increasing and he is definitely becoming a real reliable player in the backfield with his ability under the high ball, but he also has the ability to beat a player with his step, so he will be a good launch for our counter.” -attack.
“Hopefully he won’t be out for too long.”
England tighthead Will Stuart left the field in the first minute of the win against Worcester after a blow to the head that led to a red card for Warriors prop Rory Sutherland.
Scotland international Sutherland is banned for three weeks and Stuart will almost certainly miss the game this weekend, but Hooper is more hopeful about Bath skipper and compatriot Charlie Ewels, who also left the game early after taking a tap.
Of his second row, Hooper said: “We hope it’s only short-lived.
“He got a blow to the knee that stopped him running, but we hope this will change soon.”
In a big boost, England star Underhill is back in training after headbutting in the defeat to Gloucester Rugby on Boxing Day.
Hooper said: “He’s at the end of his GRTP [Graduated Return To Play]. At the end of that they do the assessment and that’s where he is now, so if all goes well he should be available at the weekend.”
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Bath’s roster against Worcester was impacted by a number of players who were still isolated after a Covid outbreak at the club, forcing them to forfeit the scheduled Premiership Rugby Cup match against Exeter Chiefs and Gallagher Premiership draw in London Irish.
Hooper revealed that some of the main protagonists will be back in action, but first-choice hooker Tom Dunn remains unavailable.
Hooper said: “There are still one or two players isolated, but almost all of us should be free to travel by our time.
“Ben Spencer will be out of his isolation and maybe there will be a few back from bumps and bruises.
“Touch wood, it looks like the Covid outbreak from around Christmas is now extinct.”
In other news, Bath has registered the new Russian prop that Valery Morozov signs as part of their European team for Europe’s next stage.
The former Sale Sharks man has yet to make his debut for the club.