Good news. Cyril Baille, Thibaud Flament, Anthony Jelonch, François Cros, Thomas Ramos and... the captain of the XV of France Antoine Dupont (without helmet...) returned to training this Tuesday. The Toulouse executives have therefore all returned from their post-World Cup vacation.
Good to take for a Stade Toulousain which lost Sunday evening in Pau (13-9) and which will soon be able to count on its strong forces in the Top 14. Despite his cheekbone injury during the World Cup, Antoine Dupont should be aligned this weekend against Usap.
Note, however, that Melvyn Jaminet and Anthony Jelonch had to interrupt their training after colliding. A shock to the head which left them bleeding. If the third row was able to return to the field a few minutes later with staples to his forehead, the back had to have stitches placed on his eyebrow.
Spectacular injuries but not serious. If not on an aesthetic level then the Stade Toulousain players will have to pose this Wednesday for the traditional trombinoscope at the start of the season, revealed the La Dépêche website.
The only thing missing is hooker Julien Marchand, who had knee surgery and has not yet recovered from his thigh injury contracted during the opening match of the World Cup against the All Blacks. As for Romain Ntamack, victim of a ruptured cruciate ligament in one knee during preparation for the World Cup, he continues his long rehabilitation. The return of the internationals offers a breath of fresh air to a Stade Toulousain affected by the injuries lately. At the end of the defeat against the Pau section, the Stade manager Ugo Mola admitted that his team “had problems” after the injuries to Joshua Brennan and Théo Ntamack, who joined Matthis Lebel and Léo Banos at the Infirmary.
Toulouse, reigning champion and sixth in the standings, must restart against Perpignan on Saturday (3 p.m.) at Ernest-Wallon during the 6th day of the Top 14.