Glasgow Half-Backs Hopeful

Glasgow's regular half-backs, Tommy Hayes and Andy Nicol, are hopeful of being fit for the Virgin Trains Cup contest against Edinburgh at Hughenden on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm).Both players missed Glasgow's 12-29 defeat by Cardiff at The Arms Park on Saturday. Hayes had a calf strain, and Nicol, Glasgow's captain, had an elbow infection."Andy and Tommy have taken part in sessions," Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, said today. "If there is no adverse reaction they should be fit for Friday."Barry Irving, who was to have replaced Hayes at stand-off against Cardiff, is recovering from the gastric bug that prevented him from playing on Saturday.However, Nicol's fellow Scotland cap, Gordon Bulloch, the Glasgow hooker who led the team in Cardiff, has a neck strain. "We"re monitoring that," the coach added.Another Scotland cap, Gordon Simpson, is "not likely" to be ready for Friday. Nor is Michael Bartlett. Flanker Simpson damaged ankle ligaments during Glasgow's Heineken Cup victory over Northampton on 4 January whereas wing Bartlett has been having treatment for a thigh strain since he was injured during the European defeat in Clermont-Ferrand nine days ago.Glasgow's regular half-backs, Tommy Hayes and Andy Nicol, are hopeful of being fit for the Virgin Trains Cup contest against Edinburgh at Hughenden on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm).Both players missed Glasgow's 12-29 defeat by Cardiff at The Arms Park on Saturday. Hayes had a calf strain, and Nicol, Glasgow's captain, had an elbow infection."Andy and Tommy have taken part in sessions," Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, said today. "If there is no adverse reaction they should be fit for Friday."Barry Irving, who was to have replaced Hayes at stand-off against Cardiff, is recovering from the gastric bug that prevented him from playing on Saturday.However, Nicol's fellow Scotland cap, Gordon Bulloch, the Glasgow hooker who led the team in Cardiff, has a neck strain. "We"re monitoring that," the coach added.Another Scotland cap, Gordon Simpson, is "not likely" to be ready for Friday. Nor is Michael Bartlett. Flanker Simpson damaged ankle ligaments during Glasgow's Heineken Cup victory over Northampton on 4 January whereas wing Bartlett has been having treatment for a thigh strain since he was injured during the European defeat in Clermont-Ferrand nine days ago.