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Evans avoids serious injury

Ospreys have received a boost with the news that second-row Ian Evans' ankle injury is not as serious as first feared.

The 25-year-old fell awkwardly after a line-out in the Welsh region's 22-10 Magners League defeat at Munster on Saturday, and received lengthy treatment on the field. The Wales lock's career has been blighted by injuries since he suffered a cruciate ligament injury against New Zealand in 2008, and he then tore a tendon in his chest not long after returning to action for Swansea in the Welsh Premiership in October 2009.

Ospreys physio Chris Towers said: "Ian sustained an injury to his left foot and ankle in the Munster game and although he is in a fair bit of discomfort at the moment, his scan has shown that the injury is a fairly diffuse issue."

He added: "Basically, he's sustained grade-one damage to a lot of soft tissues in the foot and ankle, so the prognosis is a lot better than originally feared.

"We hope to see a fairly steep recovery once this acute phase of the healing process starts to settle over the next week or so."

Evans is likely to miss Saturday's league clash with Aironi but it is hoped he will be available for the start of the Heineken Cup.

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