Wales hit by injuries

Wales have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of their clash with Samoa on Friday night. [more]

Wales hit by injuries

Wales have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of their clash with Samoa on Friday night.

The Grand Slam champions are still seething from their shock loss to Argentina and have been left counting the cost of the defeat after 2009 Lion Alun Wyn Jones and Josh Turnbull were ruled out of the remainder of the autumn series.

Jones was replaced in the first half against the Pumas, after injuring his shoulder, and Turnbull damaged medial knee ligaments.

“Wales forwards Alun Wyn Jones and Josh Turnbull have both been released from the Dove Men Series squad and will take no further part in the autumn internationals due to injury,” read a Welsh Rugby Union statement.

“Ospreys lock Jones injured his shoulder during Wales’ clash with Argentina last weekend and was forced to leave the field.

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“Although no time frame has yet been set for his return to play, results of a scan yesterday (Monday) have confirmed to WRU medical staff that he will not be available again to Wales this campaign.

“Scarlets flanker Josh Turnbull sustained medial ligament damage to his knee, also during the clash with the Pumas – despite playing on – and he is set to be side-lined for a minimum of four weeks, also ruling him out of the remaining fixtures at the Millennium Stadium against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.”

But Wales have been handed better news over the fitness of 2005 Lion Ryan Jones.

The versatile forward missed the Pumas defeat with a shoulder injury but has returned to full training and should be available for selection tomorrow.

“Ryan has had an outstanding season and has been outstanding for Wales for a long time,” added Wales kicking coach and two-tour Lion Neil Jenkins.

“His experience, how he plays the game and his know-how are vital to us. If he is fit, it’ll be a big plus for us.”

The Grand Slam champions are still seething from their shock loss to Argentina and have been left counting the cost of the defeat after 2009 Lion Alun Wyn Jones and Josh Turnbull were ruled out of the remainder of the autumn series.

Jones was replaced in the first half against the Pumas, after injuring his shoulder, and Turnbull damaged medial knee ligaments.

“Wales forwards Alun Wyn Jones and Josh Turnbull have both been released from the Dove Men Series squad and will take no further part in the autumn internationals due to injury,” read a Welsh Rugby Union statement.

“Ospreys lock Jones injured his shoulder during Wales’ clash with Argentina last weekend and was forced to leave the field.

“Although no time frame has yet been set for his return to play, results of a scan yesterday (Monday) have confirmed to WRU medical staff that he will not be available again to Wales this campaign.

“Scarlets flanker Josh Turnbull sustained medial ligament damage to his knee, also during the clash with the Pumas – despite playing on – and he is set to be side-lined for a minimum of four weeks, also ruling him out of the remaining fixtures at the Millennium Stadium against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.”

But Wales have been handed better news over the fitness of 2005 Lion Ryan Jones.

The versatile forward missed the Pumas defeat with a shoulder injury but has returned to full training and should be available for selection tomorrow.

“Ryan has had an outstanding season and has been outstanding for Wales for a long time,” added Wales kicking coach and two-tour Lion Neil Jenkins.

“His experience, how he plays the game and his know-how are vital to us. If he is fit, it’ll be a big plus for us.”

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