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Wales face nervous wait as George North undergoes injury assessment

By Josh Raisey
George North - Press Association

Wales will find out the severity of George North’s injury today after he left the field with a shoulder issue in the Ospreys’ 38-28 win over the Lions in the Challenge Cup yesterday.

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The 31-year-old went off in the first-half of a try scoring display in Johannesburg, and flew back to Wales last night to link up with Warren Gatland’s squad for the Guinness Six Nations. The BBC have reported that he is set to undergo tests today to find the severity of his injury, and whether it will hamper his participation in this year’s Championship.

North’s head coach Toby Booth described the injury as a “neural element” which has “shut down”, which will be a concern for Gatland with the 118-cap Wales international being the most experienced member of what is otherwise quite an inexperienced squad.

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“He is a bit sore,” said Booth after the victory.

“He has a neural element in his shoulder which has shut down a little bit.

“The Welsh boys are travelling back tonight so I am not sure that flight will be the most comfortable.

“He has got a bit of recovery time back before he gets back and we will hand over all the information to try and treat him and get him back up and running as soon as possible.

“He stayed out there and was tough which was cool to see. He has been very good with the youngsters this week. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

Wales get their Six Nations campaign underway on Saturday February 3 with a visit from Scotland at the Principality Stadium.

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