Ospreys hope Ian Evans will be available for Treviso test
IAN Evans is expected to be available for the Ospreys' Pro12 opener against Treviso despite leaving the field injured in the pre-season friendly against Bath.
The lock sparked concern when he was forced off early in the second half in the 27-10 defeat at The Rec.
But the 28-year-old's exit turned out to be precautionary after he had taken a bang to the mouth.
The Ospreys could do with Evans and as many other senior players as possible to be available for a fixture that is bound to be testing, with Treviso having achieved a clean sweep over the Welsh regions in Italy last season.
They finished the campaign with a resounding 41-17 success over the Scarlets in Llanelli, dominating at forward and ruthlessly taking the chances that came their way.
New Zealander Matt Berquist has since come in to replace departed fly-half Kris Burton, who has joined the Dragons, while Tommaso Benvenuti has signed for Perpignan.
But Treviso remain strong up front and will look to test the Ospreys with a forward panel that is largely the same as it was last season.
"We've had a very good pre-season and we're excited to get on the field," said head coach Frano Smith.
"We've always looked to get better and part our thinking was to keep the players who did a great job for us last year and build on that and take a lot of experience again into the season.
"The last part of the season for us was a big turnaround from the year before. We played well or very well without our internationals. We managed to beat Munster and drew with Ulster away. That set the tone for a good finish and our last game against the Scarlets was a highlight.
"We're not unsettled about the way we play anymore. We've managed to handle the travel, we're without excuses now and we would just like to go and execute things."
The Ospreys have an injury concern over Dimitri Arhip, who left the field with a leg problem in Bath.