There is no doubt that Jonathan Davies is one of the best centres in northern hemisphere rugby.
The 29-year-old has terrorised defences over the last number of years and the Scarlets man was named the player of the tour by his peers on the recent British and Irish Lions tour against New Zealand during the summer.
Davies has been out of action since picked up a serious foot injury when playing for Wales during the November internationals against Australia. Such is the severity of the injury, extreme caution is being exercised with regards to ‘Foxy’s’ rehab and Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac says he doesn’t want to rush him back too soon.
“Obviously Jon will be chomping at the bit to try and get back on the field as soon as possible,” Pivac told BBC Sport.
“He’s progressing but it is one of those injuries that takes a long time to heal. If you come back too soon and re-do it, that can be disastrous.
“The smart money says to get it right and then have a full pre-season.”
That certainly sounds like Davies could be out for the rest of the season which is a blow to his club and to Wales, also.
Pivac also gave an update on Jake Ball where he revealed the 26-year-old is taking a little longer than he would have hoped in terms of his recovery and is unlikely to feature in the Scarlets’ Champions Cup quarter-final against La Rochelle at the end of March.
“He’s [Ball] probably a couple of weeks behind where we would like him to be.
“I don’t think he’ll be right for the quarter-final but we’ve got our fingers and toes crossed that he will be… he’s a quality player.”