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Six Nations: Andy Powell injury blow for Wales

2011 SIX NATIONS: SCOTLAND v WALES
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium Date: Saturday, 12 February Kick-off: 1700 GMT
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Wales' Andy Powell suffered an injury to his left shoulder
Wales' Andy Powell suffered an injury to his left shoulder

Wales number eight Andy Powell will miss Saturday's Six Nations trip to Scotland after damaging his shoulder in the opening defeat by England.

Wing Morgan Stoddart, however, could be fit for the Murrayfield clash despite suffering a fracture to a bone in his hand in Friday's 26-19 loss in Cardiff.

Orthopaedic opinion has granted Wales' only try-scorer against England a little extra time to prove his fitness.

But Cardiff Blues wing Chris Czekaj has been called in to cover for Stoddart.

"Morgan has been given a window of opportunity," said Wales physiotherapist Mark Davies.

"If his symptoms settle down we will clear him to play subject to a fitness review later in the week."

Powell suffered an injury to the acromioclavicular joint of his shoulder in the first half of Wales' uninspiring performance against England.

"Andy needs a period of rest now, but if all goes well he should be back in contention for the Italy game at the end of the month," added Davies.

Powell joins Adam Jones, Gethin Jenkins, Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Tom Shanklin, Andrew Bishop and Gavin Henson on Wales' lengthy casualty list.

The 29-year-old London Wasps back-rower was replaced by deposed captain Ryan Jones in the 33rd minute.

And Ospreys star Jones is set to be named as Powell's stand-in for the trip to Scotland when coach Warren Gatland reveals his team on Tuesday.

However, Powell's hopes of missing only one game are boosted by the fact that Wales have a two-week break after the match with Scotland, with their third Six Nations fixture coming against Italy in Rome on 26 February.

"Hopefully it's not as bad as everybody first made it out to be, so it will be three weeks [out of action] probably," Powell said.

"I'm a good healer so hopefully I will get back for the next game [against Italy]."

Stoddart, meanwhile, suffered a hand injury before scoring Wales' only try against England.

The Scarlets wing earned praise from Gatland for a lively performance as Wales trained in vain to fight back - at one point they trailed 23-9 - at the Millennium Stadium.

"Morgan has broken a metacarpal bone in his right hand," Davies said.

Gatland must now decide who could, if needed, take over from Stoddart on the wing, with potential contenders Leigh Halfpenny (ankle) and George North (shoulder) both out.

Czekaj could feature, or Wales could switch British and Irish Lions star Jamie Roberts from centre to wing.

Jones, who replaced Powell against England, and Jonathan Thomas, who also came off the bench for Dan Lydiate in Cardiff, will be in contention for the number eight role in Edinburgh.

The coach could also choose to add Martyn Williams to his back-row options, having left the 98-cap veteran out of his original Six Nations squad.

"Andy did carry well and was disappointed that he went off the field early, but I thought all-in-all the guys who came off the bench did a pretty good job," Gatland said.


Wales squad:

Forwards: Paul James (Ospreys), John Yapp (Blues), Craig Mitchell (Ospreys), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Scott Andrews (Blues), Matthew Rees (Scarlets, capt), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Blues), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Blues), Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys), Andy Powell (Wasps), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Rob McCusker (Scarlets), Dan Lydiate (Dragons).

Backs: Mike Phillips (Ospreys), Dwayne Peel (Sale), Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets), Stephen Jones (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), James Hook (Ospreys), Jamie Roberts (Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Shane Williams (Ospreys), Morgan Stoddart (Scarlets), Lee Byrne (Ospreys), Chris Czekaj (Blues)

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