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Injury boost for Jones

Fears over Stephen Jones' participation in the RBS 6 Nations eased on Tuesday when it was revealed he is likely to spend only a month on the sidelines.

The Wales fly-half sustained a knee injury in the Scarlets' 35-27 victory over Benetton Treviso last Saturday. A precautionary scan has been scheduled for Wednesday but the Scarlets are confident the damage is only minor and he should be fit for the Six Nations opener against England on February 4.

"The region's medical team have re-assessed Jones today and stated that early signs indicate he has a minor knee ligament strain," read a statement released by the Scarlets. "The injury will probably keep him out of action for up to four weeks."

The news will be welcomed by Wales coach Warren Gatland, who is already missing Shane Williams and George North for the start of the Six Nations.

Both wingers are struggling with shoulder injuries and Gatland could ill-afford to lose another member of his first-choice backline.

Scarlets and Wales skipper Matthew Rees will undergo a fitness test on his groin strain later this week to see if he will be available to face Treviso on Saturday.

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