Bath Rugby wait on Stephen Donald and Francois Louw ahead of Northampton Saints clash
Stephen Donald and Francois Louw will be given as long as possible to be fit for this weekend’s Aviva Premiership trip to Franklin’s Gardens.
Bath travel to the home of Northampton Saints tomorrow (3pm) but could be without the two key internationals, who both limped off during the win over London Irish.
Fly-half Donald suffered cartilage damage to his ribs, while Louw has been struck down with a hip problem.
“Stephen is struggling and Flo is touch and go,” said head coach Gary Gold.
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“We are hoping they are going to be ready for the weekend but both are struggling at the moment.
“Stephen is probably looking less likely to play than Flo but we will give them both until the Friday and wait and see.
“A popped rib is normally a couple of weeks out.”
Donald’s potential absence has been alleviated after Tom Heathcote, who has been training with Scotland all week, was not included in his country’s match-day squad for the Six Nations match against Ireland.
Sam Vesty is also available, with Gold saying: “He is an old head at ten and can control the game well, he’s been to Franklin’s Gardens many times before.”
Props Davey Wilson and Paul James are away with the England and Wales Six Nations squads respectively.
Injured captain Stuart Hooper is also definitely out but Jack Cuthbert is in line to return. Argentina prop Eusebio Guinazu is also fit for a potential debut.
After securing bonus-point wins in their last two Premiership fixtures, Gold knows his men face a crunch period in the fight for a top-six finish.
Bath currently sit just below Saints in seventh, while next week’s visitors, Gloucester, are fifth, so Gold is well aware what a key period it is.