Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will want a second shoulder operation after being injured on worldwide obligation final month, the veteran lock’s membership aspect stated Wednesday.
Jones, rugby union’s most-capped worldwide with a complete of 161 Exams together with 12 for the British and Irish Lions, was harm in Wales’ 54-16 defeat by New Zealand in Cardiff.
Toby Sales space, the coach of the Swansea-based Ospreys, the 36-year-old Jones’s membership aspect, stated Wednesday: “He has had one operation and he wants a second, so we received’t actually know (a timescale for his restoration) till the second is completed, which is in a few weeks.”
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac had already stated he doesn’t assume Jones shall be obtainable for a Six Nations marketing campaign which the title-holders begin with a match towards Eire in Dublin on February 5.
Sales space, nevertheless, echoed the New Zealander’s perception that Jones, now only one shy of 150 caps for Wales alone, will return earlier than the tip of this season.
“We are going to see the place that (second operation) is and what that offers us,” he added. “With all one of the best scans on this planet, till you get in there, you don’t actually know. However he’s very assured, and that’s Al for you, and we’ll put all the things round him to make his restoration as fast as doable.
“The worst factor you may say to Al is that he received’t do one thing. He has bought that perspective and mindset, and that’s what units him aside from lots of different individuals.
“We are going to get him again as quick as his thoughts and his physique permits. We’re fairly assured about that.”
Ospreys centre Jonathan Davies took over as captain for Wales’ second autumn worldwide, towards world champions South Africa earlier than flanker Ellis Jenkins led the aspect out for Exams with Fiji and Australia.
Tipuric and North troubles
Jones just isn’t alone among the many Ospreys’ contingent of Wales gamers in being sidelined, with George North and Justin Tipuric lacking all the autumn marketing campaign.
Tipuric, a flanker, is presently nursing a shoulder downside whereas wing cum centre North has been out of motion with knee bother.
Again-row ahead Tipuric hopes to be again in motion round Christmas, with Sales space saying: “He has been coaching with us in non-contact stuff, so we consider he’s on monitor.”
North is aiming for a return early within the new 12 months however Sales space, requested if he was a Six Nations doubt, replied: “I can’t reply that.
“Typically with long-term accidents you get, the very first thing is the surgical procedure’s success, then you definitely get fairly a steep enchancment.
“It’s the ultimate third or ultimate quarter of their rehabilitation the place it ebbs and flows, relying on how they react. So I can’t actually reply that, however the indicators are encouraging, for positive.”