Jones gives Wales injury scare
December 27, 2011
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Adam Jones is the latest Wales international to give head coach Warren Gatland cause for concern after the Ospreys prop suffered a neck injury.
The Wales and Lions prop, who missed Wales' last two internationals with calf trouble, was forced off during the Ospreys' 22-14 Boxing Day defeat to the Scarlets in Llanelli. He will learn in the next 24 hours whether the injury could affect his participation in Wales' Six Nations campaign.
Wales kick-off their tournament against Ireland on February 5 and Gatland will already be without injured second rows Alun Wyn Jones and Luke Charteris for the start of the competition. While centre Jamie Roberts is a significant doubt after suffering suspected knee ligament damage in the Cardiff Blues' victory over the Dragons last Friday. Roberts will have a scan on Tuesday to determine the extent of damage.
Asked about Jones' injury, Ospreys director of coaching Scott Johnson said: "Adam has tweaked something in his back or his neck. In 24 hours we'll know the extent of that. It's one of those things you are not sure about. It might be just a twinge, it may not be. You can't tell with those injuries.
"We've gone through Gray's Anatomy and we haven't come acorss a diagnosis, but we'll find out come tomorrow."
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