Plymouth Albion prop Jack Andrew set to miss London Scottish trip
PROP Jack Andrew will not be fit for Plymouth Albion's Championship match at London Scottish on Saturday.
The 22-year-old injured his ankle in Albion's 19-15 defeat to Jersey in their last outing on March 9.
And, despite Albion having last weekend off, Andrew has still not fully recovered.
"He is recovering well, but he is not going to be fit for this weekend," admitted head coach Nat Saumi.
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"He is walking around on it now, but he needs more rest."
Albion had hoped to have England Under-20 stars Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade available this weekend, but it appears unlikely.
Front-rower Cowan-Dickie, who would have been an ideal replacement for Andrew, picked up an injury in England's win over Wales last Friday.
Meanwhile, fly-half/full-back Slade is wanted by his parent club Exeter Chiefs.
But the better news for Albion, who have lost their last nine league games, is that hooker Jon Vickers and scrum-half Ruairi Cushion have recovered from knocks they picked up against Jersey.
Albion also have full-back Louis Messer back in the mix after long-term injury.
Messer, who joined Albion in the summer, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee in only his second match for the club back in September.
The injury required surgery, but he has now been given the all-clear to return to action.
And Saumi, who will be leaving Albion at the end of the season, admits he is hoping Messer will get the chance to show what he can do at some point in the club's final four matches.
"It would be good to see him once or twice before the end of the season," said Saumi.
However, the Albion boss will only throw Messer back into the fray of league rugby if he is confident he is fully ready.
"He is fully fit, but when you come back from a big operation you do feel nervous about contact.
"He has to get into contact and force himself back in."