Lions lose Welsh props
Wales duo Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones will both miss the final Test against South Africa due to injury.
Last Updated: 28/06/09 10:54pm
Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones have been ruled out of the British and Irish Lions' final Test against South Africa through injury.
Jenkins suffered a cracked cheekbone after clashing heads with Bryan Habana in Saturday's 28-25 defeat to the Springboks, while Jones dislocated his shoulder following a collision with Bakkies Botha, for which the Springboks lock was hit with a two-week suspension.
Both props have subsequently undergone surgery in Pretoria and therefore have no hope of making the final Test next Saturday.
Brian O'Driscoll (concussion), Jamie Roberts (wrist) and Tommy Bowe (elbow) also went to hospital after the game and will be monitored during the week before a decision is taken on their availability.
Meanwhile, Ronan O'Gara cannot open his left eye after suffering a deep cut, which required stitches.
Doctor James Robson is hopeful of getting at least some of the troops back in time to feature in Johannesburg.
"It certainly was a fairly brutal game," Robson said. "As the casualty list goes it is not something I am happy with. To lose two of our most colourful characters in Gethin and Adam is distressing.
"Gethin has had a plastic plate inserted. The timescale for his recovery is six to eight weeks.
"We couldn't get Adam's shoulder to pop back in at the stadium and he was required to go to theatre. He will be subject to further investigation and specialist opinion.
"Brian is very much alert and conscious today but he is subject to the usual return to play protocol."
Head coach Ian McGeechan has confirmed the Lions will not be calling for any