JACK ADAMS has begun the long road to recovery from his cruciate ligament injury after undergoing successful knee surgery last week.
The Gloucester centre was operated on in Chelsea last Wednesday by specialist Andy Williams and already has his sights set on returning to limited forms of training as soon as possible.
Adams, a hugely gifted back from St Peter's school, suffered the injury during Gloucester's A League defeat against Saracens a fortnight ago when he twisted badly that means he will be out of rugby for up to nine months.
But he told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk that he already has movement back in his right knee. "The doctor told me it went really well and I already have a lot of range in my leg," he said. "I cannot do anything for the next couple of weeks as the swelling comes down but I hope to be back in the gym as soon as possible.
"I am trying to stay positive - there is no point thinking the worst - and I am just looking forward to getting back in the gym with the lads and doing some training."
The surgery involved taking part of his hamstring and threading it through to the injury so it acts as the new ligament. He also had a cartilage tear stitched at the same time.
"The doctor was pleased with the way it went so I have just to look forward now," he said.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).