Injured Bristol Bears will send an SOS to Nathan Hughes

Pat Lam looks set to bring Nathan Hughes back to Bristol Bears early to ease the injury situation in his backrow.

Bristol lost both of their starting flankers to injury early in the Bears’ 29-38 loss to the Harlequins on Sunday with Steven Luatua dislocating his wrist and Sam Jeffries injuring his knee while scoring.

Former England number eight Hughes has not played for the Bears since January 1 when he started at Exeter Chiefs and in January joined derby rivals Bath Rugby on a deal ready.

The 22-cap international took off at the Rec by being named Man of the Match on his debut in what ironically was a hard-fought victory over Harlequins, and has excelled in all four appearances since.

However, the 30-year-old hasn’t played for two weeks, with the terms of his loan deal meaning he couldn’t feature for Bath in their 29-27 derby win over the Bears on the 5th. March, then the Blue, Black and White Premiership bye week falls this weekend.

Bristol host Bath again on Friday night, this time in the Premiership Rugby Cup, and Bears director of rugby Lam has hinted a deal has been agreed to allow Hughes to play for Bath if scrum-half Max Green could play for his team.

The Bears are currently at five scrum halves with Harry Randall out with England, Andy Uren and Tom Whiteley out with hamstring injuries, Toby Venner sidelined with a knee injury and Oscar Lennon out with a knee problem. calf.

Lam said: “We are considering the availability of both Max and Nathan [Hughes] also being available.

“Nathan is not far from coming back after these two injuries.

“The most important thing is that Nate plays, potentially he will play next week for either side.”

Lam has options in the back row with Dan Thomas, Fitz Harding, Jake Heenan and Chris Vui all fit while Mitch Eadie and James Dun both played for Hartpury on Saturday in their penultimate RFU Championship game, losing 20 -12 against Richmond.

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