Thomas Young becomes Wales' latest Six Nations selection casualty
Cardiff flanker Thomas Young has seen his hopes of a possible Wales Six Nations squad call-up dashed by injury. Young, who won the last of his four caps just over a year ago, has delivered a number of outstanding displays for Cardiff this season.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland will announce his Six Nations squad next week, with Young’s form likely to have made him a contender. But the former Wasps forward is now unlikely to play again until April due to a torn calf muscle.
“Cardiff Rugby can confirm Thomas Young will be out of action for up to three months after suffering a torn calf,” the Welsh region said. “The in-form flanker limped off during the second half of last weekend’s United Rugby Championship clash with Scarlets. He will now begin his rehabilitation.”
Cardiff full-back Liam Williams, meanwhile, is following return-to-play protocols after going off for a head injury assessment during the Scarlets match. Cardiff’s Wales prop Dillon Lewis is currently unavailable for selection due to injury. He has not played since mid-December because of a knee problem.
Gloucester wing Louis Rees-Zammit also appears increasingly unlikely to be fit for Wales’ opening Six Nations games against Ireland on February 4 and Scotland seven days later.
Rees-Zammit suffered an ankle injury during his team’s Gallagher Premiership defeat at Leicester on Christmas Eve. While he is continuing to progress on the rehabilitation front, Gloucester’s current estimate of a competitive is mid-Six Nations.
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