British Lion Jonathan Davies in contention for Scarlets' clash with Treviso
BRITISH Lion Jonathan Davies could return to action this weekend as the Scarlets look to bounce back from their woeful collapse against Leinster.
Davies watched from the stands as his team-mates slumped to a 42-19 opening Pro12 defeat to the defending champions at Parc y Scarlets last Friday.
It was a sobering start for the West Wales region, who flew the Welsh flag in the play-offs last season.
So the return of one of the stars of the Lions tour Down Under this summer will be more than welcome for the arrival of Italian side Treviso on Saturday (6.30pm).
"Jon is training with us fully now and very much in contention," said forwards coach Danny Wilson. "A decision will be made shortly on whether he will play this weekend. Without giving too much away, he is available for selection."
As for Scotland flanker John Barclay, who underwent shoulder surgery this summer, Wilson said he too was close to getting back into the fray.
"John Barclay was having a final check-up on his shoulder with a specialist in London yesterday." he added. "All being well with that, he will be with us very soon. I'm looking forward to seeing him out there because he has been great in training. He is an experienced head and a good voice in a young squad."
The Scarlets will be without wing Kristian Philips and scrum-half Rhodri Williams for Saturday's match.
Phillips is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks after fracturing a bone in his hand against Leinster, while Williams has a shoulder injury.
South African lock Joe Snyman is expected to feature, despite leaving the field during the second half with an arm injury.
The loss of Phillips further stretches the Scarlets' options out wide following the departures of George North and Andy Fenby in the close season.
"It is a disappointment to Kristian and to us," added Wilson. "Kristian has had a good pre-season and has raised his game. But it is what it is and we are going to have to make a few adjustments.
"There is nobody walking through the door immediately so we have got to get on with it.
"We are slightly short there with that injury, I am not going to hide away from it, but we have definitely got players who can be versatile, we have proved that in the past."