Reds could lose Gill for Bulls Super Rugby clash

The Reds are sweating on the fitness of in-form flanker Liam Gill after he underwent a scan on his knee ahead of this weekend’s Super Rugby clash against the Bulls.

While Gill is a doubt the Reds are likely to have Wallabies captain James Horwill back for this weekend’s physical clash with the Bulls provided he gets through training this week.

Gill has a medial ligament concern following the Reds 12-19 loss to the Western Force in Brisbane on the weekend.

Gill has been one of the Reds best performers in their first five matches and is in competition with Waratahs flanker Michael Hooper to be David Pocock’s Test replacement at open side flanker.

Reds coaching boss Ewen McKenzie does not believe that Gill’s injury is too serious but has booked the scan to make sure he does not break down against the Bulls.

“We’re basically checking him out to make sure there’s nothing sinister there,” McKenzie told the Sydney Morning Herald.

If the Reds lose Gill for this weekend Jake Schatz would likely move from No.8 to No.7 as back-up open side Beau Robinson (ankle) is also sidelined.

Radike Samo is also in doubt with a knee injury which could open the door for youngster Jarrad Butler to make his starting debut.

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