Owen Lane and Josh Navidi’s fitness in doubt for Dragons

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Cardiff Blues are sweating on the fitness of Owen Lane and Josh Navidi ahead of the first Welsh derby of the season against Dragons at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Winger Lane, who has started every game of the season so far, was seen to leave the field after Friday’s home win over the Cheetahs with a heavily strapped right ankle and seemed to having some mobility problems towards the latter part of the game.

He was then spotted in attendance at the Arms Park for Saturday’s Cardiff Blues A and Cardiff RFC double header with a protective boot on ahead of having the injury properly assessed in the early part of this week.

Wales international flanker Navidi, meanwhile, was not selected for the victory over Cheetahs and told supporters in attendance that he had picked up a slight knock in the previous week’s game against Cheetahs.

Josh Navidi injury
Navidi has only started twice this season after recovering from a shoulder injury in Bilbao

His involvement against the Dragons is currently rated at 50/50, but with the Heineken Champions Cup set to begin the week after, and the quality of Olly Robinson waiting in the wings, John Mulvihill may not have the desire to risk the 27-year-old at Rodney Parade.

The Cardiff Blues head coach also has plenty of options to choose from when considering a replacement for Owen Lane, with Tom Williams, Aled Summerhill, Dan Fish and Tom James all putting in impressive performances in recent Celtic Cup weeks, while Harri Millard and Garyn Smith have both been in and around the first team.

Blaine Scully, who was forced to withdraw from the Munster game late in the day, is also a doubt for the Dragons come with the larynx injury that prevented him from returning to action last week.

There is better news for Mulvihill in the sizeable shape of Samu Manoa though, as the American has returned to South Wales and could well be available for selection next weekend if he comes through training this week.

Elsewhere, Seb Davies, Jack Roberts and Matthew Rees are all still unavailable for selection, but the reason for Jarrod Evans’ non-selection in the squad against Cheetahs is currently unclear.

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