Alun Wyn Jones dislocated his shoulder in the British and Irish Lions’ first game against Japan at Murrayfield on June 26; Wales lock was initially ruled out of the tour, but has proved his fitness and will fly to Cape Town on Thursday
Alun Wyn Jones is returning to the Lions squad
Warren Gatland has confirmed that Alun Wyn Jones is to make a remarkable return to the British and Irish Lions squad less than three weeks after dislocating his shoulder.
Jones was initially ruled out of the tour to South Africa after suffering the injury in the Lions’ first game against Japan at Murrayfield on June 26.
However, Gatland is satisfied that his tour captain has proved his fitness during training with Wales, and Jones will fly to Cape Town on Thursday before re-joining the squad.
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The 35-year-old was given the all-clear to return after taking part in Wales training at the Vale Glamorgan on Tuesday and passing a medical assessment on Wednesday morning.
Lions head coach Gatland said: “We are delighted to welcome Alun Wyn back.
“It’ll come as no surprise to anyone who knows Alun Wyn that since injuring his shoulder against Japan, he’s done everything he can to get himself back.
“It’s remarkable really when you consider it’s just 18 days since he left us in Edinburgh.
“He’s been training with the Wales squad at the Vale since last week and yesterday he had a proper hit out. Following assessment from the medical staff this morning, we’re satisfied he’s fit to return.
“He’s obviously raring to go and from what I’ve seen on video and the feedback we’ve received, he’s certainly not been holding himself back in training. He was really getting stuck in yesterday.
“It’s a massive boost for the Lions to welcome a player of Alun Wyn’s stature back.”
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