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

Gavin Henson is one of Dragons' departing players

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.”

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

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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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