Wales coach Warren Gatland has been handed some good news after it was revealed that Alun Wyn Jones could feature at some point during the Six Nations.
In a further boost, it has also been confirmed that another member of the Wales second row, Ian Evans, will be fit for this weekend’s Heineken Cup clash between Ospreys and Treviso.
Jones is still recovering from foot surgery after dislocating his big toe in training in November but, although he will miss the start of the Six Nations, he could feature in the latter stages of the tournament and the up to date Six Nations odds reflect this.
Evans, who started Wales’ last match against Australia in December, limped out of Friday’s game between Ospreys and the Dragons with a hip injury, leading to fears that he could be set for a lengthy lay-off.
However, Ospreys coach Sean Holley has confirmed that Evans only suffered a minor injury and could face Italian side Treviso at the Liberty Stadium on Friday.
Gatland is without Dragons lock Luke Charteris for the whole of the Six Nations, but Cardiff Blues star Bradley Davies looks set to return from a back injury this weekend.
Holley said of Evans: “He had a bump on the hip and couldn’t really play on (against the Dragons). It didn’t seem right for him to carry on considering we had Jonathan Thomas on the bench. But he seems to have come through and that’s a positive sign ahead of Friday.”
He added of the chances of Alun Wyn Jones featuring in the Six Nations: “It’s a long old tournament so I hope there’s a chance for him. I don’t think he’ll start it from what the medics tell me but, if he can carry on the way he’s going and get on the field, then he may have a chance at some point.”