Wales and Ospreys blow as Ryan Jones is ruled out for three or four weeks
WALES'S second-row crisis has deepened after Ryan Jones was ruled out for three to four weeks with a dislocated thumb.
The Ospreys forward sustained the injury during the region's 15-15 Heineken Cup draw with Leicester on Sunday.
Jones had been tipped to move from blindside flanker to lock for Wales's Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 2, with Alun Wyn Jones, Ian Evans, Luke Charteris and Bradley Davies currently sidelined.
But the double Grand Slam winner now looks set to miss the first two matches of Wales's Six Nations title defence.
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Wales interim head coach Rob Howley names his Six Nations squad on Tuesday, with uncapped Ospreys duo James King and Lloyd Peers — as well as their veteran regional colleague Ian Gough — all in the frame for a call-up at lock.
"Having suffered a compound dislocation of the thumb joint during Sunday's game, the initial estimate is that Ryan will be unavailable for around three to four weeks," said the Ospreys' physio Chris Towers.
"However, I'd stress that this is subject to further review in around seven to ten days."