Six Nations 2015: Wales expect Jonathan Davies to face England

Clermont Auvergne centre has a minor glute problem and won't feature for the Top 14 club ahead of next week's Cardiff clash

Wales expect Jonathan Davies to be ready to face England in their Six Nations opener on Friday.

Despite leaving the Wales camp to return to his club on Wednesday, the 26-year-old Clermont Auvergne centre has a glute problem that keeps him out of the side to face La Rochelle in the Top 14 later today.

But the Wales coaching team expect him to recover in time to continue his partnership with Jamie Roberts to win his 44th Wales cap against the Red Rose at the Millennium Stadium.

“Jonathan has a minor tight glute which no one wanted to risk,” a Wales Rugby Union spokesman told WalesOnline.

“It’s nothing serious and we have had continuous dialogue with his club.”

Wales have been handed further boosts with Racing Metro duo Jamie Roberts and Luke Charteris not recalled to the Parisians’ side to take on Lyon while points machine Leigh Halfpenny was left out of Toulon’s win over Bayonne last night.

Of their France-based players, only scrum-half Mike Phillips is expected to see any game time this weekend after being named on the Racing bench.

England-based forward trio Paul James, James Hibbard and Bradley Davies are also not required for LV=Cup duty this weekend, while George North’s contract permits him to remain with the Wales squad during the international windows.

First choice tighthead prop Samson Lee has also been passed fit for the match leaving Wales head coach Warren Gatland with the luxury of playing with a fully fit should Davies recover, but counterpart Stuart Lancaster faces a growing casualty list with a dozen players either ruled out or facing a battle to recover.

Should Davies fail to recover, his former Scarlets team-mate Scott Williams would slot into the 13 shirt with Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen providing cover from the bench.

Gatland also has the option of deploying Newport Gwent Dragons centre Tyler Morgan, but the 19-year-old uncapped dual contract rising star is expected to be a part of the Wales U20 backline at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay on Saturday.

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