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