Cardiff Blues captain Ellis Jenkins is at the centre of conflicting Sunday reports regarding his battle to be fit in time for September’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The 26-year-old tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the dying seconds of the win over South Africa last November, and immediately underwent surgery. He has been undergoing rehabilitation under the watchful eye of the Cardiff Blues and Welsh Rugby Union’s medical teams since.
Reporting in The Rugby Paper, Peter Jackson states that Jenkins has undergone a second surgery in the last few weeks, leaving his hopes of making the World Cup squad hanging by a thread.
However, Matthew Southcombe via WalesOnline has countered that with the claim that the flanker is still on course in his bid to make the plane to Japan, and that the recent procedure was a minor one to assist with rehabilitation.
He cites separate sources at Cardiff Blues and the Welsh Rugby Union, but concedes the fact that it was always going to be a very outside chance of being fit and ready in the first place.