Plymouth Albion set to welcome Paul Rowley back for Notts
PLYMOUTH Albion have received a major boost ahead of their Championship match with Nottingham at the weekend with the news that scrum-half Paul Rowley is fully fit again.
Rowley (pictured below) has not played since September 22 since fracturing a small bone in his hand.
"Paul Rowley is fine, which is good as he is an important guy in the team," said head coach Nat Saumi.
Rowley's return to fitness is timely for Albion as fellow scrum-half Ruairi Cushion is struggling to be fit for this weekend's home game.
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Cushion injured his knee against Rotherham last Saturday and had to come off after just 30 minutes of the 59-26 British & Irish Cup defeat in South Yorkshire.
"Ruairi took a bang on the knee," said Saumi.
"There is no ligament damage, which is good. It was just a bang on the patella. But he can't really bend his knee properly so he is 50-50 for the weekend.
"All he can do is rest and see how it goes the rest of the week."
Albion's third choice scrum-half Rhodri McAtee has been out with a groin injury.
He is set to return to training today but Saumi does not expect him to be fit for the weekend.
"He is still struggling, so it might be another week or so," said the Albion boss.
However, forwards Wayne Sprangle and Tom Cowan-Dickie, who also came off against Rotherham with knocks, should be fit for the weekend.