Experienced Wales and Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin is out of his team’s derby against the Scarlets at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
The 34-times capped front-rower will miss a second straight game due to the hand injury he sustained after being bitten by a lion in South Africa last week, report WalesOnline.
The 29-year-old has been widely ribbed on social media after the incident at a South African game park, which required the Bridgend-born No. 2 to have eight stitches in his left hand and miss the Ospreys’ 44-25 defeat to the impressive Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
Following the incident, which was caught on video (below), Baldwin, who has made over 120 regional appearances for the Ospreys since his debut in 2009, was taken to a local hospital where the wound was cleaned out. He subsequently apologised to Ospreys fans for the incident.
The wound is on the mend but won’t be right before his team’s big clash against the Scarlets, who currently top Conference B after winning four of their opening five games.
But Steve Tandy and co. are hoping the industrious hooker will be available for their opening Champions Cup clash against French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne in Swansea a week on Sunday.
23-year-old Scott Otten looks likely to make his second straight start at hooker having deputised for Baldwin out in South Africa, as the Ospreys seek to turn a corner having won only one of their opening five games.
Currently languishing in joint last in Conference A, Wales’ most successful region desperately need a win.
Having to face an in-from Scarlets outfit and then current Top14 champions Clermont, before heading to London the following weekend to face reigning European champions Saracens, it definitely doesn’t get any easier.