Gavin Henson’s hopes of claiming a place in Warren Gatland’s Wales squad for the RBS Six Nations have been dealt a blow with the news that he will be out for three weeks with a torn calf muscle.
The Saracens centre limped off after coming on as a replacement during Saturday’s 43-20 Heineken Cup hammering at the hands of Leinster and the diagnosis means that he will be unavailable for Wales’ opening Six Nations match with England on 4 February at the Millennium Stadium.
The 28-year-old has been desperate to get as much game time under his belt as possible in an effort to prove to Gatland that he merits a recall to the national set-up having only returned from a 20-month self-imposed exile from the game on Boxing Day.
He has played four games Saracens and three of them have been from the bench.
And it would appear his hopes may have been ended by this injury setback, particularly as Gatland is not short of midfield options with James Hook, Jamie Roberts, Tom Shanklin and Jonathan Davies all available.