Wales v England, Six Nations, Millennium Stadium, February 4
Halfpenny ruled out of England clash
February 1, 2011
Leigh Halfpenny will miss Wales' opening clashes © Getty Images
Wales wing Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Friday's Six Nations opener against England at the Millennium Stadium.
The 22-year-old suffered a sprained ankle during training on Monday and is also likely to miss Wales' second Championship clash, against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 12.
The news was greeted positively by Wales physio Mark Davies however as it was confirmed that the 2009 British & Irish Lions tourist faces only a matter of weeks on the sidelines.
"Leigh has an acute sprain to his ankle, but the scan has revealed no further disruption to the ligaments, which is much more positive news than was first feared," Davies said.
"He will wear a boot and stay off his feet for the next few days, but will remain in camp where we will monitor his rehab. The injury rules him out of the England game and should mean he misses the visit to Scotland."
Halfpenny was injured as the national team took on their Under-20s counterparts at their training base in Hensol. The Wales management considered calling in cover but opted against doing so while his progress continues to be monitored.
Wales have already lost Scarlets wing George North as well as injured props Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones, centres Tom Shanklin and Andrew Bishop, plus banned scrum-half Richie Rees.
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