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Rotherham Titans top points’ scorer, Argentinean centre Juan Pablo Socino, who injured a hamstring during the Championship win at Plymouth last Friday, will be out for a month which means he will miss the next two games in the British and Irish Cup against Llanelli.

But Socino,who is also the leading points’ scorer in the Championship, expects to be back for the Boxing Day league clash against Bedford.

“I have been to see the physio at the club and the injury is not too bad and the good thing is that the hamstring is not bruised,” said Socino, who has played a major role in Rotherham’s excellent start to the Championship season.

“I am now going to see what the club doctor says, but I am feeling so much better than I did on Friday because I can walk and bend the leg.

“So, I’m quite happy and it just needs a lot of rest and recovery time.”

The Titans are second in the league on 33 points, the same number as London Scottish, Leeds and Bristol but Rotherham have a superior points difference.

Rotherham’s next match is at Llanelli on Saturday with the return fixture in the B and I Cup at Clifton Lane a week later.

As Titans coach Lee Blackett prepares his squad for Saturday’s Cup clash at Llanelli, two important players who are recovering from injury face late fitness tests during the week.

Garry Law, the Scottish utility back who has not played this season because of a thigh injury, is making good progress, but Blackett says a decision on whether Law is selected will be taken after he has seen him in training.

“I will see if he is available after Garry has practised his kicking and the same applies to fly half Dallan Murphy.”

The Australian number 10, who did not play at Plymouth, is suffering from a leg injury but, like Law, is making a decent recovery, although it is too soon to say whether he will be picked for the squad.