Ellis Jenkins facing a season ending injury if worst fears are confirmed

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There was jubilance for Wales on Saturday as a 20-11 win over South Africa secured a 100% record in this year’s Autumn Internationals and extended the run of straight victories to nine.

Arguably one of the strongest squads assembled to wear the red jersey, certainly in the professional era, trying to play expansive rugby from a basis of one of the best defences in the world.

However, the evening at the Principality Stadium was soured somewhat in the dying throws of the game as Ellis Jenkins lay on the turf holding his knee after being cleared out from a ruck by Handre Pollard and Eben Etzebeth.

It was his right leg that had got caught in an awkward position, with medics placing it in an aircast and putting the 25-year-old on gas and air before taking him from the field on a stretcher in obvious discomfort.

After a man-of-the-match performance it was a sad sight to see Jenkins leave the field in that way, and Warren Gatland was not able to offer any good news when speaking to the media immediately after the game.

“(It) looks like an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament]. It is not brilliant and he is obviously very disappointed,” said Gatland.

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“I thought his performance was outstanding and he deserved man of the match. At the moment you have to feel for him and hopefully it is not too bad. We can rehab him and get him back on the field as soon as we possibly can.”

If it is some sort of ACL rupture or tear it could be seriously bad news for Ellis, Cardiff Blues and Wales, especially if there has been an adjoining knee dislocation.

In the worst case scenario it could see Jenkins miss next September’s World Cup, with his club head coach John Mulvihill certainly having to prepare to be without his club captain for the upcoming festive period and possibly the remainder of the season.

With Sam Warburton retired at the beginning of the season and Josh Navidi out with a knee injury of his own until at least Christmas, it leaves Cardiff Blues with just Olly Robinson as a senior openside option.

Ellis Jenkins will go for a scan on Monday to determine the full scale of his injury. Keep everything crossed.

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