The Ospreys have received contrasting news of the fitness of props Adam and Duncan Jones.
Loose-head Duncan has been ruled out of action for at least six weeks after a CT Scan confirmed a fracture of one of the tarsal bones in his right foot, an injury that occurred during the recent Magners League win against Munster at the Liberty Stadium.
However, the blow has been softened by the confirmation that tight-head Adam is lined up for a return to action next weekend after recovering from surgery to repair the shoulder he damaged on Lions duty in the summer, slightly ahead of schedule.
Ospreys Physio Chris Towers commented:
“In Duncan’s case, the medical advice is to keep him off the injured foot for six weeks to allow the bone heal. Once it is confirmed that the bone has healed, we will then move him onto a progressive return to playing.
“Adam returned to full training at the end of last week, including contact, without any reaction, which is obviously excellent news. We are now looking to involve him in a normal rugby programme in training, which will see him available for selection against Viadana at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.”