Jones holds Henson hope

Welshman battling to be fit for Twickenham showdown

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 09/04/08 6:35pm

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Jones: Sweating over Henson fitness

Jones: Sweating over Henson fitness

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Ospreys coach Lyn Jones is hopeful Gavin Henson can make a full recovery from an ankle ligament injury in time for the EDF Energy Cup final encounter with Leicester.

"We have Leicester on Saturday and we have learned a huge amount since last year's EDF appearance when we just got pipped in a great contest."
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Wales' Grand Slam-winning centre was forced off the field off during the Ospreys' Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat at Saracens on Sunday.

Jones is already without influential scrum-half Mike Phillips who will miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament problem.

Early reports suggested that Henson was extremely unlikely to be fit to face the Tigers at Twickenham on Saturday, but Jones is optimistic that the 26-year-old will be involved.

Opportunity to recover

"I saw it on video and it's quite a nasty twist, but Gavin's recovering a lot better than we expected," Jones said.

"We'll make a decision on Friday morning and give him as much opportunity to recover - I'm no doctor, but there's nothing serious."

Jones will be hoping as many of his big game players will be available as his side look to bounce back from their Heineken Cup exit at Vicarage Road and gain revenge on Leicester, who beat them in last year's EDF Energy Cup final.

"What's important is that (the Heineken Cup) disappointment is behind us and we are moving on," Jones said.

Great contest

"We have Leicester on Saturday and we have learned a huge amount since last year's EDF appearance when we just got pipped in a great contest.

"Last season they had a good day against us. It's important for us that we don't allow those one-offs to happen again.

"They showed they could get it together for big games last season, but they also fell down in the Heineken Cup final.

"It was a great feat to get there, but I'm sure they would have closed their eyes to their performance that day.

"We have played them a number of times and every game has been a huge contest of positive rugby. We have gained a lot of experiences, highs and lows, from playing them.

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