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Young provides injury update ahead of Scarlets

First Team News | 5th January 2023

Dai Young has provided an injury update on the Cardiff squad ahead of Saturday's home derby clash against Scarlets.

The director of rugby gave updates on both short-term and longer term absentees, explaining: "I’ve always been a big believer in consistency, but obviously you’ve got to look after players as well, especially if they’re carrying bumps and bruises.

"Liam Belcher will not figure this week. He came off last week but on the flip side of that, Rhys Priestland has looked good in training so there’s a strong likelihood that he’ll come back into the mix.

"Dmitri Arhip, on tighthead, has traing the early part of the week, so if they both come through unscathed, they will obviously put their hands up for selection as well.

"Jim Botham came through the early part of training this week, so he’s available for selection.

"He was in no contact training last week, but wasn’t available for selection. This week he’s come through his no contact protocol and is available for selection.

"Dillon Lewis is braced up at the minute, so he’s a good bit off. The best picture for Dillon would be to play against Leinster, which is right at the end of this block.

"But being realistic, that’s probably a little bit too early for him. He’s not quite in the latter stages of rehab, which would determine whether he kicks on really quickly or if it’s a steady pace.

"As I say, best picture would be the last game of this block and if not it’s more likely the middle of the Six Nations block.

"Theo Cabango has got a shoulder injury and the likelihood is he’s going to need an intervention on that. But he’s still going through that process with the consultant. 

"Max Llewellyn is a while off and he’s looking at the other end of the Six Nations block. It was a 12 week injury when he did it, be he’s certainly a while off.

"Josh Navidi is actually back in training this week, doing non-contact. He might get a little bit of contact next week, and the week after perhaps will be more or less full contact.

"He could be three to four weeks off playing, if everything goes to plan."

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