Gloucester wing Charlie Sharples to miss rest of season

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Gloucester winger Charlie Sharples has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Sharples, damaged his posterior cruciate ligament in the loss to London Irish on Mar. 20 and was forced to sit out the subsequent derby defeat against Bath on Saturday.

The 26-year-old does not require surgery on the injury but has been advised to rest it for the remainder of the season.

The club's director of rugby David Humphreys was quoted as saying by the Gloucester Citizen: "Charlie Sharples suffered a knee injury last week which will rule him out for the season and that adds him to the list of outside backs unavailable. We are stretched but we have five big weeks ahead.

"He has been outstanding for the last two years for us, his level of performance, the consistency, his ability in the kick chase and to finish tries.

"He gives us huge momentum and is a huge loss along side Jonny and Henry but the positive is Tom Marshall and Henry Trinder coming back in."