The captain and second line of Wales, Alun Wyn Jones, is “progressing very well” in his recovery from a knee injury, according said Ospreys coach Toby Booth. Jones was injured during Wales’ Fall Nations Cup win over Italy in early December.
Initial forecasts suggested he could be out of the game for two months or more, raising questions about his availability for Wales’ first Six Nations games against Ireland and Scotland next month. The 35-year-old Ospreys player achieved the world record of 152 international game appearances for Wales and the British & Irish Lions and is in the plans of dragons coach Wayne Pivac for the next Six Nations.
Jones is in week six of his recovery. Wales’ inaugural round of the Six Nations with Ireland is scheduled for February 7 and could be in the duel. The Dragons won just 3 of their 10 games with Pivac last year, which included a fifth place finish in the Six Nations.
“He’s running and in great shape,” Booth said, adding that “he’s progressing very well. Typically, with all these medium to long-term injuries, you just make a lot of progress and the last 15 percent is the hard part. That is where you are returning to your previous state and you can fully train. He believes that he is in the times of recovery, we believe the same, so we are all united. “