Wales have been dealt a blow with news that Scott Williams could miss the start of the Autumn internationals.
The centre picked up a hamstring injury in the Ospreys 46-14 PRO14 win over the Cheetahs on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium.
In a statement the Ospreys said: “The medical team completed their investigations earlier this week and the summer signing has begun his rehab programme, looking at a best case scenario of a six to eight week recovery timescale”.
Wales’ first Autumn international is against Scotland on November 3rd, with Australia coming to the Millennium Stadium seven days later. They face Tonga on November 17th and wrap up their series against the Springboks on November 24th.
Williams not the only player in the Ospreys medical room, he’s one of 12 players out. The other more recent knock was suffered by Lloyd Ashley, who has also been sidelined for a similar period.
“Ashley injured his AC joint on Friday evening playing for the Ospreys Development team against Scarlets A in Bridgend and is looking at a spell on the sidelines of six to eight weeks”, the Ospreys said.
The Ospreys face Munster at Irish Indepenedent Park in Cork later on Friday. Head Coach Allen Clarke has made 12 changes for that match.
”It’s been a good start to the campaign with two home wins. Munster away presents a different challenge, particularly as we’ve made changes to the team,” he said.
“Squad management is important but so too is player opportunity. Selection represents what we’ve observed throughout pre-season and provides individuals an opportunity to be tested against a quality team.
“The players coming in have earned our trust and the right to wear the shirt; they fully understand the level of performance expected of them on Friday night. As a club it’s important for us to show progress and grow collectively, recognising the tests ahead and the demands of the season schedule.”
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