GIANT lock Christian Scotland-Williamson and wing Dean Hammond are back in training with Worcester Warriors after injury.
Experienced scrum-half Jonny Arr is “not far off” a return as director of rugby Gary Gold looks to prepare his troops for their Aviva Premiership survival assault.
Warriors are seven points above relegation rivals Bristol with five matches remaining.
They defeated Bristol 41-24 in their last outing and face the daunting trip to Coventry to face table-topping Wasps a week on Sunday (2.30pm).
Scotland-Williamson had been sidelined after damaging his shoulder in Worcester’s 28-20 defeat against Bristol at Ashton Gate.
The 23-year-old started the campaign in the second row against Saracens at Twickenham in September after a two-year exile with a serious back injury.
He featured in three of the opening four matches but the 6ft 9ins player was injured in the Boxing Day debacle against Bristol.
Flying wing Hammond is in full training after two hamstring problems in the space of five months.
Hammond hurt his hamstring in the first half against Bath at the Recreation Ground in September and tore the muscle in the early stages of Warriors’ Anglo-Welsh Cup win at Cardiff Blues in February.
South-Africa-born Hammond has scored eight tries in 16 matches this term, including a hat-trick in the 57-14 European Challenge Cup rout against Russian minnows Enisei-STM at the end of January.
The vastly-experienced Arr has been out since taking a blow to the head in Warriors’ 17-14 European loss to Brive in France on January 14.
“Slowly but surely one or two players are coming back nicely but one or two are struggling a bit,” said Gold.
“Christian trained on Thursday so it was great to have a guy of his quality back.
“Jonny is not far off which is great because he is a livewire who will put pressure on Luke Baldwin and Francois Hougaard which is healthy.
“Dean is back to full fitness which is great and Chris Pennell is back now having had a game-and-a-half under his belt and he’s going well.”
Hooker Jaba Bregvadze is back at Sixways after international duty with Georgia forced him out of the showdown with Bristol.
But tighthead prop James Johnston, who has featured 11 times this campaign, is struggling with an injury.
“Jaba is back from international duty with Georgia so that is good and we’ve got some strength in depth there,” explained Gold.
“James was back from injury and trained on Thursday but I have a funny feeling he might have tweaked his injury again.”