Ospreys hopeful on Williams injury
June 2, 2010
Shane Williams hopes to return to action at start of next season © Getty Images
The Ospreys are hopeful that Shane Williams will be fit for the start of next season after he was forced to pull out of Wales' summer Tests with a shoulder injury.
Williams, Wales' record try-scorer, will miss Saturday's showdown with South Africa in Cardiff and the subsequent Tests against New Zealand in Dunedin and Hamilton after consulting the medical teams at his region and the WRU.
His place in the side to face the Springboks has gone to Cardiff Blues' Leigh Halfpenny while Ospreys youngster Tom Prydie, who earlier this season became Wales' youngest international, will continue his rugby education on the other wing. Uncapped Newport Gwent Dragons wing Will Harries has also been added to the tour squad as cover.
"Shane has been troubled by an ongoing shoulder issue since the Six Nations," Ospreys physio Chris Towers said. "Since then, he has had a couple of injections to try and settle the condition and to help manage the symptoms.
"The injury hasn't settled completely, and in line with the medical advice we've had he now feels that he needs a period of rest to allow it to settle fully.
"We will be closely monitoring his condition, including seeking further medical advice, but we are hopeful that a period of prolonged rest will allow Shane to return to action at the start of next season refreshed and fully recovered."
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