Jones blow for Wales

Wales without lock for rest of Six Nations championship

Last Updated: 17/02/10 7:50am

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Wyn Jones: Elbow injury

Wyn Jones: Elbow injury

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Wales have suffered a big RBS Six Nations blow with the news lock Alun Wyn Jones will miss the remainder of the championship with an elbow injury.

The Welsh Rugby Union announced on Tuesday that they had been forced to rule Wyn Jones out of their plans for the remainder of Championship as the second-row forward was sent for surgery.

Jones will undergo an operation on Wednesday on the elbow he injured in Saturday's stunning victory over Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.

The WRU announced Jones suffered a chipped bone and ligament damage, and will be out for six to 12 weeks.

Jones was sin-binned in Wales' opening defeat to England, when Martin Johnson's side took the maximum advantage of their extra man, but he kept his place for the clash with Scotland.

Played on

His injury was sustained towards the end of the first half, but remarkably Jones played on for the rest of the match, which Wales won thanks to a last-gasp try from Shane Williams.

The WRU revealed Ospreys star Jones had his arm checked at half-time but was given the go-ahead to continue.

Wales physio Mark Davies said: "Alun Wyn experienced some swelling to the joint the day after the game and was sent for a scan.

"After receiving those results and after further consultation with surgeons today, it has been concluded that the chipped bone needs to be removed and the ligament to be repaired in order to ensure a stable joint.

"The necessary period of recovery will be six to 12 weeks ruling him out of the rest of the current Six Nations and allowing him to target an end-of-season return for the Ospreys."

Selection issues

The loss of Jones is a fresh blow to Wales coach Warren Gatland, who has already dropped Andy Powell from his squad.

Back-row forward Powell is due to appear in court next month charged with drink-driving after he was arrested with a golf buggy at motorway services, hours after the win over Scotland.

Gatland has decided not to call in a replacement for Jones ahead of Wales' third match of the campaign, the home clash with France on Friday, February 26.

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