Jonathan Davies expects Wales to select Jamies Roberts

Jamie Roberts
Roberts being treated for the knee injury he suffered against the Dragons

Former national captain Jonathan Davies expects Jamie Roberts to be named in Wales' Six Nations squad.

Roberts will miss Cardiff Blues' final Heineken Cup pool match against Racing Metro on Sunday due to a knee injury.

Warren Gatland will name his squad on Wednesday prior to Wales' pre-Championship training camp in Poland.

"It's a risk of taking him, whether they think they can get him fully fit out in Poland. If that's the case, I think they will take him," said Davies.

Roberts has yet to play for Cardiff Blues this year after he suffered a knee injury during the region's Pro12 win over Newport Gwent Dragons on 23 December.

Blues coach Gareth Baber is unsure whether the centre will be fit for Wales' Six Nations opener against Ireland in Dublin on 5 February.

But former Wales fly-half Davies expects to see Roberts' name included in the Welsh squad despite his recent injury problems.

"He's been unfortunate with the injuries," Davies told BBC Sport Wales.

"But I feel when Jamie plays regular, week in, week out for the Blues he plays at the top of his game, hence his performances in the World Cup and previous Lions tours.

"It's a difficult call, but only the Welsh management know."

While he expects Roberts to be included, Davies does not believe Blues team-mate Gavin Henson will be named in the squad.

Henson, who missed the World Cup in New Zealand after dislocating his right wrist, has recovered from a calf injury and returned for the Blues' Heineken Cup win over London Irish last Saturday.

"It's a very difficult question," said Davies. "With Gavin Henson, has he played enough?

"I don't think he's played enough, unfortunately, with injuries and injuries in the Blues and he's been playing full-back and centre so it's unfortunate for Gavin.

"Because as we all know, he just needs to play. Only they [Wales] can make that decision."

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