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January 13, 2021

Nakarawa close to a return to action

Posted by Editor on January 13, 2021 09:14 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Leone Nakarawa is close to a return to action
Glasgow coach Danny Wilson hopes Leone Nakarawa can play some part in Saturday's rearranged 1872 Cup clash with Edinburgh.

The Fijian international forward has not played for almost a year but is on course for a return to action at Scotstoun.

Last Friday's match was frozen out just before kick-off but the forecast looks more promising for the weekend.

A knee injury has kept the former European player of the year's services all season.

"Right now he's coming back from a long-term injury so the best option for him is in the second row when there's not so much of a demand in the open spaces when he's not got games under his belt," said the Warriors coach in The Scotsman.

"He hasn't played for almost a year now, since last February, which is such a long time. With the knee injury he's had he has to get the right exposure in the right position.

"The key difference with Leone is his ability to off-load. That can break a game up. When you're playing against well-organised defences you need a game breaker, someone who in a one-on-one situation draws more defenders and can then get the ball away.

"He's a nightmare to play against when he's on form. You could try to wrap him up with two or three players but he gets his hands free and those off-loads stick. Other players try that and they can't off-load or they don't stick. Leone can break open a game. And all you need is one off-load and all of a sudden you've got a line break and then you need to convert."

Nakarawa came through a training session on Tuesday and, provided there is no reaction, he will be in the squad for Saturday.

"He trained again today in what we call a red session - a high-intensity session," Wilson said. "He seems to have got through that. Obviously he will wake up tomorrow morning, another day off, and hopefully there is no flare-up with his knee, and if that's the case we should get him to a place where he'll have some involvement this weekend.

"If there's any last-minute issues that might knock it on a week, which it has done before with Leone. But hopefully he'll be involved this week."