Josh Navidi set to return for Cardiff Blues amid scrum-half concerns

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Cardiff Blues look set to be boosted by the return of Josh Navidi to competitive action this weekend as the Wales back row overcomes a knee injury after two months out.

He last played away at Lyon in the first round of Heineken Champions Cup pool games, but was clearly in come discomfort and subsequently saw himself ruled out of the Autumn Internationals as well as crucial Cardiff Blues games against Glasgow, Cheetahs and Ulster.

However, he took a full and active part in the warm-up before Sunday’s away game against Saracens at Allianz Park, and is now set to rejoin the matchday squad on Saturday for the visit of the Gallagher Premiership champions.

It is expected he will be joined by Nick Williams, with the number eight available again after having not travelled to North London for Sunday’s game, while Kris Dacey is also in line for a recall after missing the Saracens trip.

Nick Williams Sale
Nick Williams is available again on Saturday

In the backs it is anticipated Rey Lee-Lo will return to give the midfield ranks a timely boost with Jarrod Evans and Harri Millard having picked up knocks on the weekend, while Willis Halaholo is only pushing to be fit for the Christmas derbies.

Scrum-half is the real concern for John Mulvihill this weekend though, with Lloyd Williams definitely ruled out and Tomos Williams looking unlikely to be fit in time for this Saturday.

Lloyd, who captained the side away at Sarries, has been de-registered from the wider European squad this week after sustaining a head injury at Allianz Park, with Dane Blacker taking his place despite having only landed back from two weeks away with Wales 7s early on Tuesday morning.

If Tomos does not recover it means Lewis Jones will likely make a first European start since January 2013, with Blacker then in line to make a first Arms Park appearance outside of Anglo-Welsh Cup action.


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