Rob McCusker and Ken Owens ruled out of Scarlets' Heineken Cup opener against Harlequins
WALES internationals Ken Owens and Rob McCusker have been ruled out of the Scarlets' Heineken Cup opener against Harlequins on Saturday.
Both players suffered injuries in last weekend’s 17-12 Pro12 loss to Glasgow in Llanelli and have failed to recover in time for the trip to The Stoop.
Owens has an abdominal strain, while McCusker picked up a calf tear.
“Ken injured his abdominal muscle so that is going to keep him out this weekend, but we are hoping he will be available for Racing the week after,” said head coach Simon Easterby.
“Rob McCusker has a small tear in his calf so we will and see with him. I don’t think it is going to be long term, we will have to manage it and we will know more next week.”
On the plus side, scrum-half Gareth Davies is expected to feature after recovering from his calf injury, while Wales centre Scott Williams is back in training after missing last weekend with a knee problem.
Wing Kristian Phillips is also available after making an earlier than expected return from a broken bone in his hand.
Looking forward to Saturday’s clash Easterby said: “Us and Quins are probably in a similar place in terms of our results and form this season.
“We have to step up and I am sure Quins will step up as well – it has to be that way.
“I don’t think we are too far away from putting a decent performance together. A couple of things are letting us down, our accuracy for one and we let a couple of chances slip by against Glasgow last weekend.
“But those things are in our control and we are able to fix them. If we were playing at the top of our game and still losing then I would be more concerned.
“We are confident if we get our own house in order we can cause teams problems. We have seen it in patches this season, just not consistently enough.”