Loosehead crisis on the horizon as Domachowski injury assessed

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Cardiff Blues could be looking at an all too predictable loosehead prop shortage over the next few weeks with crucial European and Welsh derby games coming up in December.

Corey Domachowski limped off early in the first half of Saturday’s Challenge Cup defeat at the hands of Leicester Tigers at the Arms Park, appearing to suffer an ankle injury. The full extent of that is not yet known, with the player going for scans to get a full idea of any damage.

If the 23-year-old is ruled out for any length of time then John Mulvihill will be left with just Brad Thyer and Rhys Gill to call on to wear the number one jersey, knowing that if either of them were to become unavailable then there would be a full-on crisis.

With Cardiff Blues U18 prop Theo Bevacqua a talent but still someway off being available for first team action, attention could turn to the region’s Indigo Group Premiership sides.

Pontypridd’s Huw Owen and Merthyr’s Chris Phillips have both been named in the 75-man Challenge Cup squad, with the club taking the opportunity to name the maximum players allowed by boosting the squad with Premiership players.

Cardiff RFC’s Thomas Davies could also be an option, having previously played for Cardiff Blues and Dragons, however there is no doubt that Mulvihill would much prefer to get a current professional in on a short-term deal if possible.

In the meantime it will be Thyer and Gill who step up to travel out to Treviso this weekend, with Benetton the opponents in a return to Guinness Pro14 action.

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