Plymouth Albion head coach Kieran Hallett has confirmed that Cornwall and former Redruth winger Robin Wedlake will miss the rest of the campaign with a knee injury but that his recovery from surgery is progressing well.
Wedlake, who represented England Counties during the summer, suffered the serious injury in a pre-season friendly against Cornish Pirates.
“Unfortunately Robin is out for the season following his knee reconstruction, but he is doing well with rehab,” said former Pirates fly-half Hallett.
Commenting on Albion’s other long-term injuries, Hallett added: “Dan Williams is progressing well.
“We should have him back in contact training some time in December with a view for him to be playing again in the New Year, which will be a big bonus for us. With Herbie Stupple the initial diagnosis was pretty bad. Thankfully, things have improved but, with the nature of a slipped disc injury, it is not something we are going to take lightly.
“We won’t push him too hard. His rehab will be very much day-to-day until he is pain-free and we are not entirely sure when that will be.”
On a positive note, the long-term injuries have given some new faces opportunities to step up, and Hallett was quick to single out the contribution of forward John Kelly.
“John has been outstanding the last couple of weeks,” he said.
“He came in with us last year and showed good things in training but the biggest difference now is his consistency.
“His attention to detail and understanding what he needs to do at the right moment mean he is making really big strides.”