Ospreys: Injured Adam Jones to miss out against Connacht
ADAM Jones is set to sit out the Ospreys' game with Connacht in Swansea tomorrow (2.30pm), heightening concerns that he could struggle to be fit for the start of Wales's autumn series.
But the Pro12 champions are poised to give a vote of confidence to Ryan Bevington after his unhappy experience against Leicester at Welford Road last weekend.
Jones wasn't expected to be named in the squad to face Connacht after jarring his troublesome left knee in the 39-22 Heineken Cup defeat by the Tigers.
Medics were yesterday still attempting to assess the seriousness of the problem.
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Wales have called Sampson Lee into their training squad for the trip to Poland, to ensure adequate numbers for scrummaging sessions, but they have no tight-head with anything like Jones's experience and quality.
Paul James has featured at No. 3 in Test rugby before, but he is more effective at loose-head.
The Ospreys were planning to give Bevington the nod at loose-head despite the youngster conceding four penalties and picking up a yellow card after scrummaging issues in the East Midlands. The region maintain he was harshly dealt with and their faith in the 23-year-old is undiminished.
In using him so soon after his travails in Leicester, they hope he will rediscover his outstanding early-season form.
The Ospreys have won their last eight games against Connacht and are on a three-match unbeaten sequence in the Pro12.
"We want to impose our game this weekend," said Humphreys.
"That's what you have to try to do at home.
"Connacht are a good side who have given us problems in the past, but we are focusing on our own game.
"If we get that right, we'll be hard to beat."