Bristol centre Gavin Henson is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after injuring his shoulder in Sunday’s loss to Sale Sharks at Ashton Gate.
That was the word from Bristol’s director of rugby, Andy Robinson, who said Henson’s injury, sustained 12 minutes into his comeback after recovering from a leg injury sustained on September 3, looked serious.
“It is a serious shoulder injury which is a real shame,” Robinson told Sky Sports.
“We really feel for him. It is a potential operation that is needed to the shoulder but we will find out more later.”
Losing Henson added to Bristol’s woes and their latest loss leaves them rooted to the bottom of the Premiership table with just two points from their seven matches played.
“Our players kept going right to the final whistle but that is our worst performance,” added Robinson.
“We have got to be better defensively and use the Anglo-Welsh games coming up to see if we can get a victory which will give a bit of confidence to everyone.
“For 25 minutes of this match, we had a couple of opportunities that we did not take. We turned too much ball over in the contact area.
“Defensively we dropped off and this is the nature of the Premiership in that you have to perform for more than 25 minutes. I feel for the supporters because we are in a slight hole.”
“This is solvable and we are confident we can achieve that. At the end, while there will be anger and frustration, life is for living. We have to understand the position we would be in. There is a long way to go and we are here to fight and perform.”