Bath v Glasgow: Huw Jones set for Warriors return in Challenge Cup clash

International centre has been sidelined by a back injury ever since summer return to Scotstoun

Huw Jones. Image: © Craig Watson -
Huw Jones has been out of action since the summer because of a back injury. Image: © Craig Watson -

HUW Jones is finally set to make his second debut for Glasgow against Bath on Saturday, according to Warriors assistant coach Nigel Carolan, after recovering from a nagging back injury.

The 28-year-old centre agreed to rejoin Glasgow from Harlequins in May, but was injured the following month while playing for the English club in their Premiership semi-final defeat by Saracens. That meant he missed out on Scotland’s summer tour to South America, and a subsequent setback in September ruled him out of the start of Glasgow’s URC campaign.

Now, however, Jones is fit and firing on all cylinders, and is poised to return to the side for the Challenge Cup tie at the Recreation Ground. “There’s every chance,” Carolan said. “Huw is training the house down and is looking good for the weekend.”

Jones, who made 49 appearances for Glasgow in his first spell at Scotstoun which began in 2017, could be joined by Sam Johnson in the Glasgow midfield on Saturday. Johnson has recovered from a broken jaw and will come into consideration for selection, while a third Scottish international centre, Sione Tuipulotu, could be rested after a heavy workload in recent weeks.

“Sam is close to returning as well,” Carolan added. “It’s about managing our squad. Sione was involved in all of the games during the autumn – we need to manage his time as well. There’s real competition for places, but to be successful on two fronts we’re going to need the depth in the squad.”

No 8 Jack Dempsey is close to coming back from a shoulder knock, but other key internationals such as Scott Cummings and Rory Darge are still some weeks away from a return. Zander Fagerson joined the injury list last week after damaging a hamstring in the victory at Zebre, and it has yet to be decided precisely how long he must spend on the sidelines.

 “Scott will be out until the end of January, and Dargey . . .  we’re not really sure but it could be into the Six Nations there as well. 

“Zander was our latest casualty at the weekend and we’re still waiting on the results of his scan. But any time you do your hamstring in a jackal it’s never great. We feared the worst at the start but upon assessment the medics were quietly positive about it. We’re just waiting on the results though.

“Jack Dempsey is close to a return, which is pleasing for him. He’s partly been managed through that autumn window as well, so he’s had a lot of rugby and picked up a bang on his neck and shoulder. So he’s just really being managed at the moment. He’s quite close to a return. “

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