Alun Wyn Jones needs second shoulder surgery but the Wales captain returns before the end of the season

Alun Wyn Jones needs a second shoulder surgery after the Welsh star injured himself during the New Zealand test last month, and Ospreys hopes the lock will return before the end of the season

  • Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is going under the knife for the second time this year
  • The lock injured itself during Wales’ defeat to New Zealand last month
  • Ospreys’ Toby Booth is hopeful Jones will return before the end of the season
  • Jones has already been banned from Wales’ Six Nations campaign next year


Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will have to undergo a second shoulder operation after an Autumn Nations Series injury.

Ospreys Lock Jones, who has won 149 caps for his country, was injured in Wales’ 54-16 defeat to New Zealand last month.

Ospreys head coach Toby Booth said: “He’s had one surgery and he needs a second so we won’t really know (a detailed timetable for his recovery) until the second is completed, which is in a few weeks.”

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will require second shoulder surgery, Ospreys said

Wales icon and lock Jones was injured in Wales' 54-16 defeat to New Zealand last month

Wales icon and lock Jones was injured in Wales’ 54-16 defeat to New Zealand last month

Wales boss Wayne Pivac has already said he does not expect Jones to be available for Wales’ Guinness Six Nations campaign, which starts in Dublin on February 5 against Ireland.

However, Booth has echoed Pivac’s optimism that the 36-year-old Jones will be back in action before the end of this season.

“We’ll see where that (second surgery) is and what that brings us,” he added. ‘With the best scans in the world, you don’t really know until you’re in it.

“But he’s very confident, and Al is for you, and we’ll do everything we can to help him recover as quickly as possible. He is (confident that he will play again this season). The worst thing you can say to Al is that he won’t do anything.

Ospreys coach Toby Booth has revealed Jones' second surgery will be in a few weeks

Ospreys coach Toby Booth has revealed Jones’ second surgery will be in a few weeks

“He has that attitude and mentality, and that’s what sets him apart from a lot of other people. We will get him back as soon as his mind and body allow. We’re pretty sure of that.’

Center Jonathan Davies took over as Wales captain against South Africa in Wales’ second autumn game, before flanker Ellis Jenkins was given the reins on deals with Fiji and Australia.

Jones’ Ospreys and Wales colleagues Justin Tipuric and George North continue their recovery from long-term injuries.

Both players missed the entire fall schedule, with flanker Tipuric suffering a shoulder problem and wing or center North out due to knee problems.

Justin Tipuric hopes for a playful return around Christmas

George North is recovering from a long-term injury himself

Justin Tipuric (left) and George North are recovering from long-term injuries

Tipuric is hoping for a playful return around Christmas, and Booth said, “He’s been training with us in non-contact stuff, so we think he’s on the right track.”

North, meanwhile, looks to the new year and when asked if he is a Six Nations doubter, Booth added: “I can’t answer that. Until we get through the other side and play close, I can’t comment.

‘Often with long-term injuries you first get the success of the operation, then you get a considerable improvement.

‘It’s the last third or last quarter of their rehab where it ebbs and flows depending on how they react. So I can’t really answer that, but the signs are certainly encouraging.’

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