SCRUM-HALF Jonny Arr has spoken of the need to get Worcester Warriors’ injured players back out on the pitch in the Aviva Premiership.

Tighthead prop Nick Schonert became Warriors’ latest injury blow when he was stretchered off in their 24-10 loss against Wasps last Sunday.

The South African-born front rower badly damaged his ankle and is now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The search has begun to find his replacement, but Biyi Alo is expected to pack down against Exeter Chiefs on Friday (7.45pm).

“I am not sure how bad Nick’s ankle is, but it certainly seemed to be pretty serious,” Arr said.

“Biyi showed what a good player he can be, coming off the bench and rumbling over for a try.

“He is going to have a big part to play in the next few weeks as is Gareth (Milasinovich).

“But Sharkey is certainly a big loss. He has been fantastic for us.”

Fly-half Tom Heathcote is struggling with a neck problem while centre Wynand Olivier (hamstring) and second row Will Spencer (ankle) have been ruled out.

Warriors’ casualty list also includes back rowers David Denton (calf and Achilles), Marco Mama (knee), Carl Kirwan (shoulder) and Dewald Potgieter (knee), lock Darren Barry (quad), scrum-half Luke Baldwin (bicep), full-back Chris Pennell (quad), tighthead prop Simon Kerrod (groin), centre Max Stelling (ankle) and versatile back Ryan Mills (hip and shoulder).

Arr continued: “We could do with getting Tommy and a few more boys back on their feet.

“Our injury list is pretty high at the moment, so we have just got to try to get boys back on the field and keep them there.

“We have got a small squad and we need every man fit and raring to go.”

Despite picking up no points from their first two games and being hampered by injuries, Arr said he and his teammates remained in “positive” spirits.

But he insisted they cannot afford to continue making mistakes as they gear up for the visit of defending champions Exeter.

“Against Falcons we killed ourselves as we gave them opportunities to score,” Arr said.

“Whilst our error count wasn’t on the level it was at Newcastle there were still a few mistakes against Wasps, so we need to keep cutting those down.”

He added: “We have got Exeter next, but it does not matter who comes to Sixways as we like playing here and we like playing on Friday nights as well.

“We have got a short turnaround so we will look after the boys and make sure we start correcting the errors that have been causing us to not turn good positions into wins.

“We will stay positive and crack on.”