Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac has revealed that Liam Williams is a doubt to make the start of the Six Nations for Wales.
The exciting back has been struggling with a foot injury which he re-aggravated during the Rugby World Cup.
Williams returned just in time for the start of the tournament before his World Cup came to an end against Australia.
Since then the 24-year-old has undergone more surgery to rectify the issue, but he isn't expected to return until some point in January.
“Liam is going to be touch and go in terms of availability for us around the timing of the Six Nations,” Pivac told WalesOnline.
“That is going to be a medical call at the time. He is pain free so that’s a good sign.
“We are not going to rush him back because it’s the second time around for that foot. So it’s really important we get it right otherwise he could be out for a considerable time out if we bring him back early.
“So it will be based on when he is ready to go rather than him having to be right for this particular game.
“He is slightly ahead of schedule which is good news so we will let it take its time.
Pivac also hinted: “We are talking about a World Cup and injuries and you take risks from time to time as coaching and medical teams.
“It’s gone, so it’s history. We have to get it right this time for the player. This time around he has had a bone graft as well as a screw in there. Once that has healed up he will be good to go and he should be right."