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Dragons have just issued a 'positive' Gavin Henson injury update

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Dragons flyhalf Gavin Henson is nearing a return for the region.

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The club stated: “Gavin had a really positive review of his injury with specialists last week and is now closing in on a return to full training.”

The Welsh international has had an injury-stricken time at the Welsh region since joining from Bristol, but could be back in the new year.

The region are in need of good news, after suffering a heavy home defeat to an inexperienced Leinster side featuring a number of academy products. Conference B table-toppers Leinster were convincing 59-10 winners over Bernard Jackman’s side at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Elsewhere prop Leon Brown suffered a thumb fracture which needs surgery. “Unfortunately Leon suffered a Bennett’s fracture to his right thumb during the fixture with Leinster. Leon will undergo surgery at the start of next week before commencing his rehabilitation programme for a return in the New Year.”

Jared Rosser is also out of contention following a concussion. “Jared sustained a concussion in last weekend’s fixture. As this is a second concussion this season in a short space of time, Jared will now undergo a slower graded return to play process.”

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Rosser and Brown will miss the trip to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday as round three of the pool stages get underway.

Other players not available to the Newport based side include: Brok Harris (knee), Ashton Hewitt (shoulder), Tiaan Loots (pectoral) and Josh Reynolds (hamstring).

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