Cardiff Blues have been hit by a double injury blow as both Dillon Lewis and Seb Davies are sidelined for this weekend’s European Challenge Cup tie against Pau at the Arms Park.
Both featured for Wales in the uncapped out-of-window international game against Barbarians last week, with tighthead prop Lewis picking up a hamstring injury while second row Davies is suffering with a knock to his knee.
The injuries are described as minor and will not keep either player out long, but it is a blow to Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill with Dmitri Arhip already struggling with a bicep tear at tighthead, and Rory Thornton, Josh Navidi, Olly Robinson and Nick Williams struggling in the lock/back row stakes.
With question marks over Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher and Garyn Smith, as well as longer term absentees Kristian Dacey, Willis Halaholo and Rhun Williams it could take the total number of injuries up to 14 ahead of this weekend.
One of those is of course flanker Ellis Jenkins, with further bad news on the injury front for him as the hoped return for the festive derbies appears to now be off the table, and a longer term return timetable in place instead.
In this week’s press conference Mulvihill confirmed, “(Ellis) will probably be back some time in the New Year and for his match fitness he’ll probably have to come back through Cardiff RFC.
“Structurally he’s 100 percent, but he’s got to go through his proper rehab and gets contact done in training. We’re looking forward to having him back with the group, before the end of the season anyway.”