Depleted Scarlets to bring in cover
THE Scarlets are set to bring in cover for their growing injury list ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup pool finale against Clermont Auvergne.
Liam Williams and Scott Williams were added to the casualty list following last weekend's 33-14 defeat to Leinster in Dublin and a medical update on the pair was expected from the Scarlets today.
With head coach Simon Easterby only able to chose from a designated 38-man squad, only 11 fit backs were available for the clash at the RDS.
Wales wing George North remains a doubt once again, as does full-back Dan Newton and with Rhys Priestland and Jordan Williams on the long-term injury list and Morgan Stoddart having been forced to hang up his boots, options are limited for Easterby.
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Clubs are allowed to register two new players during the course of the pool stages and the Scarlets have so far only changed one following the arrival of South African prop Jacobie Adriaanse.
Easterby could bring in centre Gareth Owen, whose three-week ban following his red card against the Ospreys ends tomorrow, while Wales Under-20s fly-half Owen Williams is another option.
There is positive news surrounding the return from injury of 19-year-old full-back Jordan Williams, who hasn't played since dislocating his shoulder playing for Llanelli RFC in the British & Irish Cup in October. Williams is set to return to full contact training in a fortnight and could come into contention for the resumption of Pro12 action next month.
Clermont, meanwhile, are to give French international centre Aurelien Rougerie and Wales full-back Lee Byrne late fitness tests before naming their side for the Pool 5 tie at Parc y Scarlets. Byrne is still recovering from a fractured vertebrae, while Rougerie has been nursing an ankle problem.
Scarlets chief executive Mark Davies will meet with fans tonight to outline the region's ambitions for the future.
Davies will speak at the Crys16 Meet the Management evening at Parc y Scarlets, which starts at 7pm. He will talk about the region's performances on and off the field, while also explaining the role of the new Professional Regional Game Board.