Owen Lane in contention to return at Ospreys

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Cardiff Blues winger Owen Lane is pushing to be available for the Welsh derby against Ospreys this weekend after almost three months out with a hamstring injury.

The 21-year-old pulled up late in the Heineken Champions Cup win away at Lyon back in October after scoring two tries against Dragons the week before, but is set to return ahead of schedule if picked for the game at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Garyn Smith has been filling in on the wing opposite Blaine Scully in Lane’s absence, with Tom Williams, Aled Summerhill and Jason Harries all picking up injuries of their own in the intervening period.

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Jason Harries is still to miss a few more weeks yet

While the severity of knocks suffered by Summerhill and Williams are unknown, Harries is thought to be coming along well in his recovery from a hip injury and may return for the European games later this month.

While that is the start of good news in the wing department, it is not so rosy for Jarrod Evans who is likely to be out until the end of January, with the Connacht away game pencilled in as a return after picking up a shoulder injury away at Saracens.

Samu Manoa is also set to be out for a few weeks, having gone back to his homeland of the USA for Christmas after picking up a leg injury at home against Saracens.

Finally, there might be some light at the end of the tunnel for the forgotten man of Cardiff Blues, as Jack Roberts was pictured running through some training drills just before Christmas.

Jack Roberts London Scottish
Jack Roberts has been walking a very long comeback trail

The 28-year-old has appeared just four times for the first team since his move from Leicester in the summer of 2017, featuring in pre-season against London Scottish, in the Guinness Pro14 against Munster and in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Newcastle and his former club.

However, each time he has played he has picked up an injury thus far, with the knee injury suffered at Welford Road last January keeping him out of action until now.

The likelihood is that Roberts will turn out in the Blue and Black of Cardiff RFC at some point in the coming weeks to get back to match sharpness, before hopefully building to earn his place in the Cardiff Blues side at some point.

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