Yorkshire Carnegie forwards Jack Walker and Josh Bainbridge are both making good progress from the injuries they recently sustained whilst away on England U20 duties.
Yorkshire Carnegie face Bristol this Sunday in a vital Greene King IPA Championship. In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Bainbridge scored five tries however he will be on the sidelines this weekend along with Walker. Both youngsters are expected to return to fitness before the end of the campaign with six games to go in the regular season.
Yorkshire Carnegie Head Physiotherapist Stephen Humphries commented, "Both Josh and Jack picked up injuries to their foot and ankle respectively while on duty with England U20's. Surgical repairs to ligamentous structures were successfully completed and they are both in a non-weight bearing status to allow for the acute post-operative phase to pass with maximum healing and minimum stress to the repair.
"At this stage we are guided by the consultant's protocols as to best management. As soon as we get the green light to start treatment, rehabilitation and loading we will be working towards seeing both back prior to the end of the season. However, there is still a long way to go but the boys are already ripping in to new gym programs and utilising cryotherapy to control pain and inflammation, and electrical neuromuscular stimulation to prevent an abundance of muscle wastage until we can get some real weight onto them."
We are continuing to liaise with the England Rugby U20 medical team who are supporting in their recovery.