Shanklin scare for Lions

Tom Shanklin dislocated his shoulder in the Cardiff Blues’ win over Newport and could be out of the Lions series.

The Wales centre walked off the pitch with his arm in a sling in the final minutes after he had earlier scored a try in the 26-12 victory. Blues coach Dai Young said the extent of Shanklin’s injury will be assessed and the outcome could be determined later on Thursday, but he was confident of recovery.

‘We are all keeping our fingers crossed that the injury is nowhere as near bad as it looks,’ said Young.

‘We’re quite confident that it won’t be a problem and he’ll be on that plane. [But] only time will tell how bad the injury is,’ admitted Young.

‘The medics took him to hospital for a scan but we are hopeful and we we will do everything we can to make sure he is on that plane.

‘He has a bit of time. Hopefully a long-term injury does not mar an otherwise outstanding performance by Tom as he was our Man of the Match by a country mile.’

The Lions fly out in 17 days time and other concerns revolve around scrumhalf and flank.

Tomas O’Leary has been ruled out by injury and a replacement is expected to be announced early next week. Loose forward Alan Quinlan has been cited for eye gouging and while the hearing may only take place as late as next Wednesday, it doesn’t look positive for the Irish flanker.