Stupple out for six months
HERBIE STUPPLE'S shoulder injury is worse than Plymouth Albion had first feared.
The 21-year-old back-rower is facing six months on the sidelines after breaking a bone.
Stupple underwent a five-and-a-half hour operation yesterday and Albion are just hoping he may recover quicker than the medical staff have predicted.
However, if he doesn't his season is virtually over.
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Disappointed Albion coach Nat Saumi said: "He has got a tiny break on the bone and he might be out for six months.
"The physios will work hard to try and get him back sooner, but the surgeon has said six months.
"But he is young and he might recover quickly."
Saumi added: "It is a big loss for the club, but we have got a couple of players who can play six."
Stupple had suffered the injury in Albion's second match of the season against the Cornish Pirates.
However, the Herald had interviewed Stupple four days after that game and he was optimistic he would be fit to play against Leeds.
"He was not sure what he had done even then," said Saumi.
"He did not even know he had done anything until he felt a sore shoulder on the Monday after the game."
Albion have also suffered another blow with news that full-back Louis Messer will be out for two to four weeks with a knee injury picked up against Leeds.
Messer hyper-extended his knee in the first half of that match.
Albion, though, are hopeful Paul Bailey and Rhodri McAtee, who missed last weekend's match against Leeds, will be fit for Saturday's trip to Moseley.