Holley doubts Henson return
Future of injured Welsh International looks uncertain
By Rachel Griffiths. Last Updated: 23/09/09 10:38am
Henson: No comeback date confirmed
Centre Gavin Henson's future with the Ospreys has been cast into further doubt as coach Sean Holley could not confirm a comeback date for the Welsh International.
"Even if Gavin was right to come back this week it would be hard to say when he would be right to play competitive rugby"
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Henson, who was rumoured to be quitting the sport earlier this year, is on unpaid indefinite leave from the club following several years of being plagued by injury.
The centre's hopes of returning to the region looked uncertain when Holley explained why the 27-year-old had been left out of the Heineken Cup squad.
"All you can read into that at the moment is that Gavin is not in our environment and not training with us," Holley told the Western Mail.
"We are unaware of what condition he is in or where he is at, so on that basis, with the European games only a couple of weeks away, we had to go with what we have got to do the job in the pool stages.
"Even if Gavin was right to come back this week it would be hard to say when he would be right to play competitive rugby.
"So we have chosen the squad which we have at the moment, and we feel is pretty strong."
Meanwhile, second-rower Ian Evans has returned from injury following his successful rehabilitation from knee surgery.
The injury surfaced when the 24-year-old was playing for Wales against New Zealand in November 2008 and Evans was consequently set for 10 months of testing work to regain fitness.
However, it seems the forward can finally put his lengthy recovery behind him with the announcement that he is featured in Holley's initial line-up of 24 to take on the Glasgow Warriors in the Magners League.
"This is the game that he targeted and it is all credit to Ian that he is back this weekend," said Holley.
"It has been a long slog for Ian and it is great to see him back in our squad.
"When you have got one of the tallest rugby players in Wales coming back then it is going to benefit your lineout and your all-round game.
"He is a good player and he is another string to our bow."