Alun Wyn Jones could return to British and Irish Lions ahead of Test series against South Africa

Alun Wyn Jones suffered a dislocated shoulder during the game against Japan
Alun Wyn Jones suffered a dislocated shoulder during the game against Japan
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Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones could make a remarkable comeback ahead of the British and Irish Lions' Test series against South Africa as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

The 35-year-old sustained a dislocated shoulder during the Lions' warm-up game against Japan at Murrayfield Stadium last month where he was forced off the field in the 8th minute.

Jones missed the flight to South Africa and was expected to miss the entire tour but now has shown progress on his recovery with Lions head coach Warren Gatland expected to make a decision on Tuesday.

"A few weeks ago we didn't think there was an option and he's been back fully training with Wales. He's trained this week with them," Gatland said.

"I think he's doing a double session [Tuesday] with them and we'll have to see what the outcome of that is.

"He's made a remarkable recovery from that injury which isn't as bad they first thought. That's a real positive and it would be a boost to the squad having someone of his experience and calibre to come in."

Following the injury, Gatland named Conor Murray as the captain of the Lions for the three-match series against the Springboks that will be played between 24th July and 7th August with Cape Town and Johannesburg being the venues.

 

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