Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland an injury doubt for Racing Metro clash
SCARLETS fly-half Rhys Priestland is facing a battle to be fit for Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash with French heavyweights Racing Metro in Llanelli.
Priestland is nursing a foot injury he picked up in training before last weekend’s stunning 33-26 victory over Harlequins and will undergo a fitness test at the end of the week.
The Wales No.10 played the majority of the match at The Stoop and was a big influence on proceedings – immaculate with the boot and heavily involved in the opening try for half-back partner Rhodri Williams.
“Rhys had a stamp on the foot in the week building up to the Quins game,” said Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby. “As the game went on it started to feel a bit sore. It is still affecting him and he sat out training today. He is borderline for Saturday.”
Priestland’s absence would be a significant blow to the Scarlets’ hopes of producing another Pool 4 upset.
But Easterby does at least have a number of options with Steve Shingler having returned to full fitness, while Jordan Williams and Aled Thomas provide further alternatives.
Wing Kristian Phillips, who limped off with a calf injury in the first half against Quins, is also rated doubtful, while co-skipper Rob McCusker (calf) and Wales hooker Ken Owens (abdominal) are again ruled out.
Looking forward to Saturday’s clash at Parc y Scarlets, Easterby said: “After a real positive result and performance against Quins it is about not wasting that opportunity in the rest of the competition.
“To win away from home was always going to be difficult in this pool, but to do it first up now gives us a real chance to put a marker down.
“Last weekend won’t mean anything if we don’t perform this weekend against Racing.”