Roberts scare for Lions

Wales centre Jamie Roberts will see a shoulder specialist to see whether he can tour with the Lions.

Roberts left the field after 48 minutes during the Cardiff Blues’ 20-12 win over Munster on Sunday, while he was treated on a couple of occasions for the shoulder injury during the match.

‘It’s the same shoulder I’ve had an operation on before so I’m seeing the specialist on Monday to make sure everything is OK,’ said Roberts. ‘I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s just a “stinger” injury but of course it’s a concern with the Lions so near. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried.’

Blues team-mate Tom Shanklin had his Lions dreams shattered last week with a dislocated shoulder, while wing Leigh Halfpenny missed Sunday’s match with a leg strain.

‘Leigh felt his quad muscle before the game so we didn’t want to take any risks,’ said  coach Dai Young.

‘It was purely a precautionary measure to pull him out.’

Irish scrumhalf Tomas O’Leary was the first player to be ruled out of the tour to South Africa, with a replacement expected to be named early this week.

Meanwhile, Munster flank Alan Quinlan will face a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday for alleged eye-gouging during the European Cup semi-final last weekend.