Williams backed, Lee progressing well

Date published: June 25 2015

Wales head coach Warren Gatland will stand by full-back or wing Liam Williams to make the World Cup, despite him needing ten weeks to recover.

The classy Scarlets back, who has been in excellent form this past season, has had surgery on his foot injury and will miss their first two warm-up matches.

But Gatland is confident he will be fit for their World Cup tournament opener.

"We won't be calling anyone else up to the squad. I am optimistic he will be ready," the Wales head coach told BBC Sport in confident mood on Thursday.

He added: "He'd been complaining about it a while.

"It's a shame he's picked up that injury, so he's going to spend a bit of time with the Scarlets and we're going to condition him off his feet.

"It was a metertarsal."

Meanwhile, tighthead prop Samson Lee continues to surprise in his recovery from an Achilles injury as he is expected to feature in Wales' playing squad before the World Cup.

"Samson Lee is good, he's making good progress," said Gatland.

"He's walking around, doing a lot of conditioning.

"We're confident he's going to recover in time to be involved.

"We think he’s got a chance of being involved in the second game away in Ireland."

Wales begin their World Cup pool campaign against Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium on September 20.