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Glasgow weakened by Henry Pyrgos and Fraser Brown injuries

Published 30/10/2015

Tonga's Sila Puafisi is poised for a Glasgow debut
Tonga's Sila Puafisi is poised for a Glasgow debut

Glasgow have suffered a double blow with injuries to Scotland pair Henry Pyrgos and Fraser Brown but Tonga prop Sila Puafisi will make his debut against Ospreys on Sunday after returning from World Cup duty.

Warriors have lost Pyrgos (wrist) for four months and Brown (foot) for eight weeks but have more internationals back for Sunday's Guinness Pro12 match at Scotstoun.

Fiji second row Leone Nakarawa and Scotland internationals Tommy Seymour, Peter Horne and Gordon Reid are the latest internationals to come back into the starting line-up while United States lock Greg Peterson makes his first start.

Scotland stars Mark Bennett, Jonny Gray, Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell and Josh Strauss have been given extra time off to recover from the World Cup.

But Glasgow have a back division full of Scotland caps - Seymour, Lee Jones, Richie Vernon, Horne, Sean Lamont, Duncan Weir and Mike Blair.

James Malcolm and Sam Johnson could make their debuts from the bench.

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "Ospreys will be really fired up for this game and they are coming to Glasgow with a strong team. They play really physical rugby and have a confrontational and organised defence.

"It's just the type of challenge we relish and we have been working hard this week to deliver our best performance of the season on Sunday.

"It's great to have five more international players back from the Rugby World Cup and they will add to the experience we have within our squad.

"Ali Price is on the bench for the first time this season and with Henry Pyrgos facing a few months on the sidelines, it's important that we give Ali an opportunity to compete for the number nine jersey with Mike (Blair) and Grayson (Hart).

"Sam Johnson has been working hard to get back to fitness after his shoulder injury and played well for Stirling County at the weekend, so we're delighted to be able to include him in our squad."

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