Bristol Bears have been boosted by the news that headline summer signing and former All Black fullback Charles Piutau will not require shoulder surgery on an injury sustained during pre-season.
Initial fears had the twinkle-toed speedster set for a 4-6 month spell on the sidelines, which would have ruled him out as long as late January.
However, the club now envisages the former Wasps and Ulster star could return as early as late October.
Head coach Pat Lam said: “We had some really positive news regarding Charles’ shoulder following the surgical consult and it’s great that he won’t be sidelined for too long.
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“We don’t want to lose somebody of Charles’ ability for any amount of time, but that’s the nature of the sport and it really underlines the importance of having depth and quality in every position.
“Charles is a hugely positive person and he’s raring to go with his recovery. He’s desperate to play for Bristol Bears and contribute to the team. He will play a big part for the club this season and will be in the mix, battling for a place in the side, in the not too distant future.”
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