Wales: Jonathan Davies to miss Wallabies game, claim Clermont

Jonathan Davies
Jonathan Davies injured his shoulder while playing for club side Clermont Auvergne

Wales centre Jonathan Davies will miss the match against Australia on 8 November, according to his club.

A statement on the Clermont Auvergne website claims his shoulder injury will put him out for two to three weeks.

However, the Wales management said this week they were hopeful the 26-year-old British and Irish Lion would face the Wallabies at the Millennium Stadium.

"The WRU stand by the statement on Tuesday about the fitness of Davies," said a spokesman.

Davies is currently with the Wales squad in the Vale of Glamorgan preparing for the autumn series, which sees Wales face Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa after the Wallabies.

Clermont head coach Franck Azema said: "He has a tear in the large muscle attached to the shoulder blade and will be out for two or three weeks.

Wales' autumn Tests
Saturday, 8 November: v Australia (14:30 GMT)
Saturday, 15 November: v Fiji (14:30 GMT)
Saturday, 22 November: v New Zealand (17:30 GMT)
Saturday, 29 November: v South Africa (14:30 GMT)
All games to be played at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

"We have good communication with the Welsh and we will discuss with them when we work on Jonathan's recovery, since he could go back and forth between Wales and Auvergne."

Davies, who has played 41 times for Wales, was injured in Clermont's 35-3 European Champions Cup victory over Sale on Sunday, 26 October.

He missed three of the 2013 autumn Tests and the opening three matches of the 2014 Six Nations Championship with a chest injury.

Wales have injury worries over two other centres - Scarlet Scott Williams and Cardiff Blue Cory Allen.

Veteran Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel said wing George North has the capability to switch to centre to cover for any injuries.

And attack coach Rob Howley said it is something the Wales management would consider.

"Obviously that's an option for us if we need to go there," he said.

"George is not a bad outside centre and he did pretty OK on the wing at the weekend. It's fantastic to see him back to his Lions form."

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