Henson suffers Lions blow
Gavin Henson's hopes of touring with the Lions have been dealt a serious blow after the confirmation of an ankle ligament injury.
Last Updated: 01/04/09 7:46am
Gavin Henson's hopes of touring with the British and Irish Lions this summer have been dealt a serious blow because of an ankle injury.
The 27-year-old Wales star injured his right ankle during Ospreys' EDF Energy Cup semi-final defeat to Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
He has now been ruled out for up to six weeks with ankle ligament damage and, with Lions head coach Ian McGeechan naming his touring party of around 35 players live on Sky Sports News on April 21, Henson's chances look slim.
Ospreys physiotherapist Chris Towers has confirmed that Henson is unlikely to play again until at least early May, so even if he made it back to first-team action in four weeks he would have a maximum of three Magners League games before the Lions fly out.
That total would rise to five if the Ospreys reach the Heineken Cup final, with the semi-finals scheduled for the first weekend of May, but he will be relying on his team-mates.
"Following the MRI scan and specialist consultation on Monday, we can confirm that Gavin has suffered damage to the ligaments on both the lateral and medial sides of his right ankle," Towers said.
"Although the injury is not so severe that he will require surgery, he will require a spell of at least two weeks in a walking cast before he can start to gradually get back to normal activity.
"At this stage, in light of the nature and extent of the ligament damage, we are predicting a four to six week spell on the sidelines before Gavin will be ready for action again."
Henson has endured his fair share of injury setbacks of late. The Ospreys ace, who made one Test appearance for the Lions in New Zealand four years ago, has started just two of Wales' last nine internationals and his chances of making the trip to South Africa now hang in the balance.