Ospreys: Adam Jones in race to be fit for Munster fixture
ADAM Jones is out of the Ospreys' Pro12 encounter with Glasgow in Swansea on Friday night — and facing a race to be fit for the derby against the pacesetting Scarlets in Llanelli the following weekend.
A knee injury sustained in training has left the Pro12 champions without their prized front-row asset for an extended period. Wales will be monitoring the situation as well, given Jones's worth to the national squad.
The Ospreys hope the bump he has picked up is nothing to worry about.
He had been easing his way back up the gears during a customised conditioning period, with a view to featuring on the bench against Glasgow. But the knee he hurt last week stiffened up over the weekend, leaving the Ospreys with no option but to rule him out for the match with the Scots.
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He is also uncertain of being involved against the Scarlets a week on Friday.
Head coach Steve Tandy said: "Adam will probably be out for a couple of weeks.
"I'm waiting for the physios to take another look at the scan that he underwent, but I don't foresee him being out for a long period. We're hoping he'll be back for either the Scarlets game or the Munster match."
Tandy reported that the bump wasn't major, adding: "He had a scan last night, he has come in today and it's settling down a bit.
"We'd been looking to get him off the bench and back up to this speed this week and get him involved against Glasgow. We can't do that now. He took a bump last Tuesday and carried on through the session.
"He trained on Thursday and Friday, then over the weekend it started to stiffen up.
"We scanned him as a precaution, but it's not a major injury for him. He'll definitely miss this week, potentially the Scarlets and then we'll have him back for the game with Munster."
The news means the Ospreys will probably continue with Aaron Jarvis at tight-head prop for the game with Glasgow.
Jarvis performed soundly in the first half against Ulster last Saturday, showing up well in defence, scrummaging well and even achieving a turnover. He found the going tougher after the Northern Irishmen brought on Tom Court, but the Ospreys are happy with his progress.
"Aaron has come through really well, with the scrum a real positive," said Tandy.
"Until around 60 minutes on the weekend we were really dominant and probably didn't get as much reward as we deserved at scrum-time. But we're really positive with Aaron."
Ryan Jones is on the mend after knee surgery. "He's training really well," added Tandy.
"He's coming back from his knee injury and is training hard in the gym and things. He's been up and running today.
"It'll be touch and go for the Scarlets, but we see Ryan featuring and getting up to speed against Munster."