Dan Lydiate set to miss New Zealand tour after Twickenham injuries
By Paul Vinnell
Last Updated: 29/05/16 10:02pm
Dan Lydiate is set to miss Wales' tour of New Zealand after being injured during the 27-13 defeat against England on Sunday.
Lydiate, who captained Wales in the absence of Sam Warburton at Twickenham, went off midway through the first-half.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland confirmed that the 57-times capped Ospreys flanker would not be flying out with the rest of his team mates on Monday, and admitted a "miracle" would be required for Lydiate to play any part in the three-Test series.
"He is struggling," said Gatland, following his side's defeat to England. "He has got a hamstring and potentially an AC (shoulder) injury as well.
"I think Dan has got to process it himself in terms of the tour could already be over for him. It is incredibly disappointing that it is unlikely he is going to be getting on the plane tomorrow.
"He will go back to the hotel to have ice and stuff. The assessment from our physios doesn't look very positive at the moment."
Uncapped Cardiff Blues flanker Ellis Jenkins has been called up into the Wales squad as a replacement for Lydiate.
"Ellis Jenkins has been called into Wales' squad to tour New Zealand after injury to Dan Lydiate," read a statement released by the Welsh Rugby Union on Sunday.
"Lydiate, who led Wales against England at Twickenham this afternoon, has suffered a shoulder injury, which he will fail to recover from in time for the three-Test series.
"Uncapped Cardiff Blues flanker Jenkins, a former Wales U20 captain, will link up with the squad before they depart for New Zealand on Monday evening."
Wales were already without wing Alex Cuthbert and flanker Justin Tipuric through injuries for the New Zealand trip, while Warburton is recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him this weekend.
Warburton, though, is expected to be fit for the opening Test against New Zealand in Auckland on June 11.