Roberts boost for Wales
February 18, 2009
Roberts has been passed fit to face France in Paris on February 27 © Getty Images
Jamie Roberts will be available for selection for Wales' Six Nations visit to France a week on Friday after a scan to his shoulder relayed positive results.
Roberts, who is fast emerging as one of Wales' most influential players, underwent a scan on his shoulder following last weekend's 23-15 victory over England.
Wales physio Mark Davies confirmed this morning Roberts will be fit to face the French in Paris. "Jamie had some soreness after the game on Saturday and so we took steps to ascertain the extent of the damage to his shoulder if any," said Davies.
"Specialists have determined that the shoulder is in a stable condition and so there is no reason why he should be prevented from being in contention for the game against France."
Roberts was named man-of-the-match as Wales opened their Six Nations title defence with a win against Scotland after switching from outside to inside centre to cover for the injured Gavin Henson.
Warren Gatland's midfield options are set to be strengthened further by Henson's return from a calf injury in time to be considered for the France game after missing Wales' last eight Tests.
Winger Shane Williams is also expected to be ready after missing the England win with an ankle injury suffered against Scotland.
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