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Wales' star Roberts 'touch and go' to take on Italians

WALES centre Jamie Roberts is "touch and go" to be ready for the Six Nations clash with Italy a week on Saturday, according to skills coach Neil Jenkins.

Cardiff Blues centre Roberts was forced off at half-time of last weekend's dramatic 19-12 victory over England at Twickenham with a medial ligament injury; his replacement Scott Williams went on to score the clinching try and seal a Triple Crown success for Warren Gatland's side.

Roberts, 25, returned from a six-week lay-off after an injury to the same knee just in time for the start of Wales' Six Nations campaign, and there are fears that he may not only miss the Italy game, but the potential Grand Slam decider with France a week later.

Jenkins says the three-quarter is progressing well, and that Matthew Rees is back in training, while fellow hooker and calf injury victim Huw Bennett is doubtful to face Italy.


He said: "With Jamie, he is probably going to be touch and go for the next couple of weeks before the Italy game, but he is progressing well, his rehab is going well so fingers crossed he could well make that game.

"Matthew is back with us training so hopefully he will be back and available for selection.

"Huw Bennett is progressing. It might be a bit soon for the Italy game."

Wales also expect James Hook to be ready to face Italy after he was withdrawn from the matchday 22 to face England due to chicken pox, while lock Luke Charteris could yet come into contention to face France as he returns from a long-term wrist injury.