Jenkins setback for Wales

Prop forced out with calf injury

Last Updated: 26/05/10 4:55pm

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Jenkins: Calf injury

Jenkins: Calf injury

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Wales prop Gethin Jenkins is set to miss the summer clashes with South Africa and New Zealand through injury.

The Cardiff Blues ace is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines after injuring his calf muscle in the Amlin Challenge Cup final victory over Toulon.

That means he will be unavailable for the clash with the Springboks at the Millennium Stadium on June 5, as well as the two Tests against the All Blacks on June 19 and 26 in Dunedin and Hamilton respectively.

The 29-year-old, who has won 73 caps, now joins fellow injury absentees James Hook and Luke Charteris in missing the tour, while Dwayne Peel and Martyn Williams have both been rested.

"Unfortunately, Gethin has a long-standing injury which seems to be recurring quite a lot, and he is looking at four to six weeks out," said Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards.

"Any team losing Gethin is going to be a negative thing. You are losing a British and Irish Lions front-row player - we all know Gethin's capabilities.

"But I am a big believer in that when one door shuts for one person, it opens for someone else.

"We've got a Test match in 10 days' time, and if we continue with the intensity we had in training today then it's going to be a rip-roaring affair.

"Today's training was as good as we've ever had - it was very encouraging."

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