Still the wait goes on

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LEIGH Half­penny is set to miss the start of the Six Na­tions, with the Scar­lets say­ing he will be side­lined for the next three to five weeks as he bat­tles to re­cover from con­cus­sion.

It is po­ten­tially an­other hefty blow for War­ren Gat­land, who cur­rently has 10 other Wales play­ers off lim­its be­cause of in­juries.

Half­penny suf­fered a head knock dur­ing a chal­lenge from Aus­tralia’s Samu Kerevi in the Test in Cardiff on Novem­ber 10.

He hasn’t fea­tured since and now his re­gion have in­di­cated he will not play for them be­fore the Six Na­tions, with the pos­si­bil­ity that he may need even longer to re­turn.

Head coach Wayne Pi­vac said: “Leigh has seen the spe­cial­ist and won’t be used for the next three to five weeks.

“He’ll con­tinue train­ing and do­ing what he’s been do­ing, and then he will be re­assessed.

“It will be some­where be­tween three to five weeks, but these things take time. That’s the time frame we’re look­ing at.

“We will pass on the med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion (to Wales) to­day if it hasn’t been al­ready. That will then be War­ren’s call as to what he does be­cause the tour­na­ment runs for longer than that. We will wait and see what they do.”

Wales be­gin their Six Na­tions cam­paign against France in just over three weeks. They then face Italy the fol­low­ing week­end, with Half­penny look­ing un­likely to make those matches as things stand.

Asked about the symp­toms Half­penny was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, Pi­vac said: “I’m not across all the day-to-day stuff. That’s for the med­i­cal team.

“He’s run­ning, he’s train­ing, and from time to time I think he’s been hav­ing bouts of that (headaches).

“In­ter­nally we don’t look at maybe it’s this week or next. We work on the fact that Leigh is not avail­able at the mo­ment. When the med­i­cal team tell us he is ready to go then that will be a boost for the squad.

“Leigh won’t play be­fore that time, so that will be the ear­li­est.

“Leigh is Leigh. We all love him to bits, he’s world class. He’s as frus­trated as any­body is, but his health and well­be­ing come first.”

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