Welsh trio fit to face Ireland
October 3, 2011
Dan Lydiate will be hoping for a recall to the Welsh back-row this weekend © Getty Images
Wales have been boosted by the confirmation that Dan Lydiate, James Hook and Dan Lydiate will all be available for Saturday's mouth-watering Rugby World Cup quarter-final showdown with Ireland.
Dragons back-row Lydiate suffered ankle ligament damage in Wales' win over Samoa on September 18, while utility back Hook took a knock to his shoulder in the same game. Winger Williams, meanwhile, did not feature against Namibia and Fiji either because of a thigh strain.
However, Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) national medical performance manager Prav Mathema announced on Tuesday that the trio are now ready to return to action.
"Dan, James and Shane have all been passed fit to train tomorrow," said WRU national medical performance manager Prav Mathema. "Pending any adverse reaction we expect them all to be available for selection against Ireland this weekend.
Mathema also revealed that prop Gethin Jenkins and flanker Sam Warburton have also been cleared to play after recovering from the bouts of cramp they suffered in the closing stages of Sunday's win over Fiji.
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