King lay-off confirmed

Teenager James King will target a return to action in time to represent Wales at the IRB Junior World Championships in Argentina this summer after being ruled out through injury for a period of up to 12 weeks.

The 19-year old second row, who has made four senior appearances for the Ospreys this season, suffered a knee injury playing for Wales U20's in their recent Six Nations defeat to England, and now faces a race against time to be fit in time for the tournament which gets underway on 5th June. Wales begin their campaign against Samoa, before facing Fiji and then New Zealand in their final pool match.

Ospreys Physio, Daloni Lucas, confirmed the extent of King's injury, saying:

"James sustained a dislocated left patella, as well as rupturing associated soft tissue. Fortunately, he does not require surgery, so initially he faces a period of non-weight bearing on the injured leg to allow the ruptured tissue to heal, after which he faces a period of rehabilitation to regain leg strength, In total, he is looking at a 10-12 week lay-off, which should hopefully see him returning to fitness in time to make the Junior World Championships should he be selected."

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