Ospreys facing prop crisis

Date published: November 26 2014

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The Ospreys are facing a front row crisis after Welsh international Nicky Smith was ruled out for four months with a pectoral injury.

The Ospreys are facing a front row crisis after Welsh international Nicky Smith was ruled out for four months with a pectoral injury.

The promising youngster made his Test debut earlier this month against Fiji, but picked up the injury in Saturday’s defeat to New Zealand.

That will keep the 20-year-old out of action for the remainder of the group stages of the Champions Cup, the Pro12 festive period and next year’s Six Nations.

Ospreys medical performance manager Chris Towers explained that the former Wales U20s star would need surgery to recover from the problem.

“He’s had scans and been reviewed by specialists and, following discussions, the decision is that the best course of treatment is for him to undergo surgery to repair the damage,” said Towers.

“He is looking at up to four months recovery post-operation.”

Smith is not the only prop on the sidelines for the region, with fellow looseheads Ryan Bevington and Duncan Jones also missing at the moment.

Bevington needs an operation on a groin injury which should keep him out for a couple of months, while veteran Jones faces six weeks out with a knee ligament problem.

The Ospreys will therefore have to turn to youngsters Marc Thomas and Gareth Thomas over the next few weeks, which include a double header against Racing M

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