Liam Williams looks set to be unavailable for Wales until the Guinness Six Nations Championship’s latter stages.

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The Saracens back has not played since suffering an ankle injury ahead of Wales’ World Cup semi-final against South Africa last October.

“Liam’s struggling a bit at the moment,” said Wales defence coach Byron Hayward.

“It (Saturday’s game against Ireland) is a little bit early for Liam. We are possibly looking at the fourth or fifth games in the Championship.”

After Ireland, Wales host France on February 22 before their March 7 appointment with England at Twickenham. They then tackle Scotland at home seven days later.

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“But look at all the positives – the boys all worked well last weekend (against Italy),” Hayward added.

“Leigh Halfpenny had a great game last weekend at full-back, though it would be nice to get Liam back, obviously.”

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Centre Owen Watkin, scrum-half Gareth Davies and hooker Elliot Dee are all back in training following recent injuries.

– Press Association 

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