Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies looks set for a return to action for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland after Wales chose not to release him back to club duty.
A hamstring problem ruled Davies out of the victory over Italy but Warren Gatland has opted to keep the 22-year-old in the Wales squad while Rhys Priestland, Tavis Knoyle, Josh Turnbull and Rob McCusker will all be available for the Scarlets’ match against Leinster on Friday.
If Davies does start against Ireland then James Hook could return to the fly-half role, relegating Stephen Jones to the bench again in the process.
And Scarlets boss Nigel Davies concedes Gatland is probably right to take a cautious approach with nine-cap Davies’ recovery.
“As far as I know Jonathan is fit. Wales are probably being very mindful of the injury,” said Scarlets coach Davies.
“You have to be very careful with hamstrings. If you have a recurrence of a problem there it can become quite acute
“So that is probably the reason why he hasn’t been released, but it would have been nice to have him.
“But having said that, it is a position that we are quite strong in at the moment.”