Ospreys playing it safe with Walker

Date published: September 24 2014

The Ospreys won’t rush back winger Eli Walker who is suffering from a shoulder injury.

The 22-year-old missed the 62-13 Guinness PRO12 win over Edinburgh last time out, with Jeff Hassler and Hanno Dirksen starting on the wings.

Both were on the scoresheet, as was replacement winger Tom Grabham, and as a result, head coach Steve Tandy is taking no risks with his young winger.

The Ospreys, who currently sit top of the Pro12, travel to Thomond Park to take on Munster this weekend, and with Aisea Natoga and youngster Dafydd Howells also available, Tandy is spoilt for chocie out wide.

“It will be touch and go for him,” Tandy told the South Wales Evening Post.

“We were hoping he would have recovered for the Edinburgh game, but he has a bone bruise on his shoulder, so we’ll see how he is.

“But, in fairness, I thought Tom Grabham was really good when he came on against Edinburgh, while Aisea and young Daf Howells were not in the matchday 23 and Hanno and Hassler played.

“So, as good as Eli was against the Dragons, I don’t think we need to rush him back. We just have to trust in our squad if he is not quite right.”