Scarlets sweat on Steve Shingler’s Achilles injury
THE Scarlets will this week assess an Achilles injury to utility back Steve Shingler as they look to pick themselves up from Friday’s Pro12 defeat to the Dragons at Rodney Parade.
Shingler, the region’s first-choice goal-kicker this season, was withdrawn from the game before kick-off. And while the Scarlets are hoping the problem isn’t a serious one, head coach Simon Easterby is remaining cautious.
“It is one of those that needs to be assessed this week. With these types of injuries you have got to be very careful,” he said.
“The player will want to try to get through it, but it is a tough call when you have an Achilles injury because in the worse-case scenario it could go.”
Steve’s older brother Aaron (neck) and full-back Gareth Owen (knee) also picked up injuries in the 23-16 defeat, but Easterby is hopeful both will be available for Friday’s match against winless Edinburgh in Murrayfield.
Shingler’s injury meant Scotland international John Barclay played the full 80 minutes in his first match back from shoulder surgery, while British Lion Jonathan Davies also came through his first full game of the campaign. “We were pleased to get both through 80 minutes and I thought they were both pretty effective,” added Easterby. “I would have liked to have got John Barclay off after 60 minutes, but Aaron picked up a neck injury early in the game, he carried on for as long as he could, but he had to come off and we had to leave John on for the 80, which wasn’t in our plan.”
Reflecting on a first defeat to the Dragons in 11 league matches, Easterby added: “I was really pleased with a lot of the performance, the result was down to our first 25 minutes and giving them too much of a lead and advantage.
“We were our own worst enemies, our error was high in that first 20 minutes and they got to 17-3 because of our poor execution more than anything else.
“We got back into the game really positively, but our accuracy let ourselves down when looking for that final pass.
“The lads put a big shift in and the Dragons are going to be a really competitive team this season, for a couple of things here and there it could have been different.”