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Injured quartet could return to take on Bris

NOTTINGHAM head coach Martin Haag says prop Matt Parr is still in with a chance of being selected for Friday's third versus fourth clash at Bristol.

Parr injury

MAN DOWN: Matt Parr was helped off in the second-half against Plymouth. PIC: Alison Bowden

Lock Dan Montagu is likely to be recalled to make his first trip back to the Memorial Stadium since leaving in the summer, with injured prop Michael Holford and centre Tim Streather also training strongly this week.

Parr was helped off the field in Sunday's 30-22 win over Plymouth Albion after receiving a heavy knock to his leg.

The loosehead prop's powers of recovery have impressed the medical staff this week and Haag is not ruling out the possibility of the 30-year-old taking his place in the front-row against the fourth place Bristol.

"He sustained a dead leg against Plymouth and has not trained this week, but he has improved drastically every day," Martin said.

"He is much more free-flowing right now and hopefully we will see him on Friday night."

Jonny Harris came on as Parr's replacement on 54 minutes and impressed alongside Joe Duffey and Ryan Bower.

"We are in good shape with Jonny Harris and Ryan Bower," Haag said.

"There were a few disruptions last week with a few little niggles and the guys that came in really stepped up an showed how vital it is that everyone is ready and raring to go when called upon.

"There are still a few niggles that need to be assessed on Thursday before we select the side.

"It actually stands us in good stead that some guys got a rest at the weekend and there were guys that stepped in and got us the result. In that respect it is very pleasing."

In other injury news, Haag said winger Rhys Crane could return to training in less than three weeks after fracturing his leg against Bedford in January.

"He is not too far away and will have his foot out of the boot in a few weeks.  He'll then start training and will be back in the mix," Haag said.

"It is important that he comes in and is firing because we have strength there with Ryan Hough scoring a hat-trick and Jack Cobden coming back to full-fitness."



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