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Mixed fortunes: Welsh lock Davies is latest doubt for 6 Nations

In apparently unrelated news, the second row became a father today.

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WALES HAVE SUFFERED another injury scare in the build-up to the Six Nations after Cardiff Blues revealed that lock Bradley Davies has sustained an ankle injury.

“Cardiff Blues can confirm that the Blues and Wales second row forward has suffered ankle ligament damage in training,” read a statement from the Welsh club.

“Bradley will have an operation early next week and an accurate timescale on his recovery will be assessed after the operation.”

Davies is having an eventful weekend as his girlfriend, Laura, gave birth to their first daughter on Saturday morning.

The injury to Davies further complicates life for interim Wales head coach Rob Howley, as the Cardiff man was his last fully fit lock.

Centre Ashley Beck sustained an ankle injury problem on Friday, while fly-half Rhys Priestland (Achilles), lock Luke Charteris (knee) and prop Aaron Jarvis (knee) have all been ruled out of the tournament.

Lock Alun-Wyn Jones recently underwent shoulder surgery and flanker Dan Lydiate is still waiting to make his comeback from a serious ankle problem.

Controversy

Davies was involved in a controversial incident during Wales’ end-of-year internationals, with New Zealand hooker Andrew Hore knocking him unconscious in the first minute of their encounter at the Millennium Stadium.

Davies was taken to hospital with concussion, while Hore was subsequently handed a five-game ban for striking an opponent.

The lock was also at the heart of controversy when last facing Ireland, initially escaping with just a yellow card for a dangerous ‘tip tackle’ on Donnacha Ryan. A citing followed and he would miss four of Wales’ five steps to the Grand Slam.

Wales begin the defence of their Six Nations title at home to Ireland on February 2.

- © AFP, 2012

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