Lane set for Edinburgh return as Big Nick in line to play

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Owen Lane is set to be available for this weekend’s Cardiff Blues clash with Edinburgh at the Arms Park, in what would be his first appearance of the season.

The winger missed last week’s win over Southern Kings having not travelled to South Africa for the week-long training camp prior to the game, with no official explanation forthcoming from the club.

He was not mentioned as injured by head coach John Mulvihill prior to the game, with rumours circulating that he may have been told to stay at home by the Welsh Rugby Union in case he was required in Japan.

The 21-year-old was part of Wales’ pre-World Cup training squad over the summer, taking part in camps out in Switzerland and Turkey, before making his debut at home against Ireland and scoring a try in the process.

Having been given a bit of time off after not making the final 31-man squad it was thought Lane would return to the Cardiff Blues setup for the first round game in Port Elizabeth, however it appears he was carrying a slight knock and will only play against Edinburgh if that is 100% right.

In a similar position is Nick Williams, who went off after half-an-hour against Southern Kings with his right arm in a makeshift sling after injuring it in a tackle he subsequently received a yellow card for.

However the damage was not as severe as first thought, with the injury being more of an impact one than anything, and it is thought the 35-year-old is winning the race to be fit for Saturday.

Both players will be assessed after training on Thursday ahead of a team announcement on Friday lunchtime.

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