Ospreys: James King set for lay-off after shoulder injury
JAMES King will miss the Ospreys’ Pro12 game with Glasgow on Friday evening because of the shoulder injury he picked up against Ulster.
It is a blow for the region, who are already without Ryan Jones.
King had been deputising for the Wales and Lions star and showing up well when he sustained the bump in his side’s 16-13 defeat.
He gamely tried to carry on, in the knowledge that the Ospreys had used up their back-five replacements, before eventually leaving the field in the 65th minute.
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The Pro12 champions will hope the injury doesn’t prove serious as King is a player they rate highly.
No-one has defended better than him in their first two matches — he has made 16 hits, with no misses, figures matched only by Ryan Bevington — while the North Walian also offers a significant line-out option.
The initial signs are that the 6ft 4in, 16st man forward hasn’t broken anything, but the swelling around the injured area has prevented the region from giving a definitive take on how long he can expect to be out for.
Some good news certainly wouldn’t go amiss for King.
At the turn of the year, he was out for a month after a horror injury against the Blues at the Liberty Stadium. The man from Mold had been on the pitch just six minutes when he almost had an ear severed in a collision with Xavier Rush.
Plastic surgeons were needed to save the ear, but King returned to training within a fortnight.
The Ospreys are not short of back-row options, with Jonathan Thomas, Joe Bearman, George Stowers and Tom Smith available to cover the blindside and No. 8 positions.
Steve Tandy’s team will be looking to post their first victory of the season this weekend, after setbacks in the opening two rounds of matches.