Timani returns to boost Melbourne Rebels

The Melbourne Rebels have been given a boost on the injury front as Lopeti Timani has been declared fit to return to playing after nearly two months on the sidelines.

Tomane has been out of action with a knee injury but could return for the through the Dewar Shield before looking to add to his maiden Rebels cap against the Western Force in Round 2.

In further good news, scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker’s injury is not as serious as first feared, and he remains likely to feature for the Club following the June international window.

“Nic had an arthroscopy last week to investigate the severity of the ankle injury he suffered against the Sharks,” Rebels’ Head of Athletic Performance Bryce Cavanagh said.

“It was a really positive outcome, and we’re hopeful he will feature later this season; at first, we thought he could be out for up to triple the length of time.”

The Rebels have moved to cover Stirzaker’s absence in the interim, signing Warringah scrumhalf Josh Holmes to provide scrumhalf cover on a short term contract.

Prop Toby Smith will again undergo tests on a shoulder injury, after missing the last two games despite being close to selection.

Irish recruit Tom Sexton and Lachlan Mitchell continue their rehabilitation from season-ending knee injuries, while Male Sau and Shota Horie are unavailable for selection this week following their departure for crucial Rugby World Cup Qualifiers with Japan.

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