He's not quite there, to be honest. He's been out there a few times and we just need to be a little bit more calm. He hasn't got the training that we want under his belt. So after being out for so long, it's important that we do the right thing for George and obviously for the team. So, yeah, he's probably going to miss out this weekend.
We were targeting [his return from injury] around this area, but when you're in such [situations] that the nature of the injury is how it reacts to the load that gets put through it. And as I said, the last 5-10% is the hardest to get to. So from that point of view, he's not quite where he is, hasn't got the training volume, and it's not even the injury, it's almost the injury risk and the fitness levels.
You can't put someone just on the bench because [for example] you get an injury in the first 10 minutes and you're expecting someone to go 70 minutes… which is not what it's designed to do. It's not where we can manage those things, you know, like [you can in] football, because there's such a degree of specialisation that you need to make sure that if need be, they can play a considerable amount of time. So from that point of view, it's more about just getting him ready so that he can perform well but perform well for a considerable period of time.
He's done a few warm-ups with us, that's really as far as he's gone. I know he's ticked off a lot of boxes. His scan results were very positive. We're obviously in constant dialogue between two medical teams, two S&C teams. So, yeah, he's up there with Wales for this week, and we'll see how he presents at the end of the week and ticks off another set of boxes and then we'll see where that takes us after that.
Again it's what is right for the player and where it fits. If he ticks off the boxes, then the next available game, he'll want to play a part, whether that's internationally or for us. Common sense would probably say it's for us but these things don't work out the way the season is structured. So you have to wait and see but all he's got to do is take it sort of day by day, week by week, and see where it gets to.
On the Tomas Francis situation:
I'm probably not going to give a view too much, not because I don't want to, but I know there's an inquiry going on around it so that's the most important thing. No one deliberately puts a player at risk for sure, that's an obvious thing, but what has to be at the forefront of everybody's mind is the safety of the player. So that's my view on it, we will wait to see what the findings of the inquiry are.