Williams could make rapid return
December 23, 2010
Shane Williams was injured against South Africa © Getty Images
Shane Williams is in line to hand Wales a huge fitness boost prior to the Six Nations after the Ospreys confirmed that he could return from a dislocated shoulder in their Heineken Cup showdown with Toulon on January 22.
Ospreys physio Chris Towers admitted that they were pushing Williams 'as hard as they can' in rehab prior to a vital European tie that could decide the region's participation in the knockout stages.
The 33-year-old winger was injured in Wales' narrow defeat to South Africa in November and missed the Ospreys' recent double header against Munster after being ruled out of action for 10-12 weeks.
Warren Gatland's men kick off their Six Nations campaign against England in Cardiff on February 4 and the Kiwi coach is currently facing up to beginning a vital tournament without Williams and Scarlets sensation George North - who has also been ruled out due to shoulder surgery.
"Shane is five weeks post-op and is coming along well," Towers said. "He is working hard and doing two or three sessions per day so we are rehabbing him as hard as we can.
"He's making good progress and we aren't ruling out a possible return for the Toulon game, which is in line with our original best case scenario, although he still has some way to go yet."
Cardiff Blues wing Leigh Halfpenny is also nearing a return after an ankle injury and should play a part in the region's Magners League derbies against the Dragons and Ospreys next week.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"The most exciting games of recent years have been in European competition; let's not destroy it. " Tom May on the Heineken Cup and why it means so much to the players
After Sam Egerton became the first person to be red carded in the Varsity match, Scrum Sevens looks at other high-profile dismissals at Twickenham
Tom Hamilton pays a visit to Oxford University Women's Rugby Football Club who have recently made headlines across the world, from Tokyo to New York