Henson’s Lions hopes hang in balance

Gavin Henson is in serious danger of missing the British & Irish Lions’ tour to South Africa.

The Wales centre damaged ankle ligaments in a match for his club Ospreys on Saturday and the early prediction is that he could be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Lions coach Ian McGeechan names his 35-man touring party on 21 April and is unlikely to consider Henson if he doesn’t have an opportunity to prove his fitness prior to that announcement.

The tour begins with a fixture against the Royal XV on 30 May, with the first Test in Durban on 20 June.

Ospreys physiotherapist Chris Towers said Henson would not be playing again until at least early May.

‘Following the MRI scan and specialist consultation on Monday, we can confirm that Gavin has suffered damage to the ligaments on both the lateral and medial sides of his right ankle,’ Towers said.

‘Although the injury is not so severe that he will require surgery, he will require a spell of at least two weeks in a walking cast before he can start to gradually get back to normal activity.

‘At this stage, in light of the nature and extent of the ligament damage, we are predicting a four to six week spell on the sidelines before Gavin will be ready for action again.’