Ryan Jones: Bristol back-row forward set for injury return

Ryan Jones
Jones has won 75 international caps for Wales

Bristol and Wales back-row forward Ryan Jones is nearing a return to action after five months out through injury.

Former Osprey Jones broke his ankle during the Championship play-off final first-leg against London Welsh in May, only his second game for Bristol.

Jones, 33, is now back in training and set to return in the near future.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's British and Irish Cup game at Pontypridd, Bristol coach Sean Holley said: "He's coming back very strong."

Holley continued: "He could make the weekend, but he's more likely to feature in the Doncaster game (on 7 November)."

Ryan Jones
Jones was stretchered off with an ankle injury in Bristol's defeat by London Welsh in May

Jones has earned 75 caps for his country and is Wales' most capped captain, having led the team on 33 occasions.

The three-times Grand Slam winner signed a two-year deal with Bristol in March, but his injury ended his season early, and he also missed Wales' summer tour to South Africa.

After missing out on promotion to the Premiership last term, Bristol are unbeaten in all competitions this season.

And Holley warned that captain Jones may have to fight for his place in Andy Robinson's squad.

"It's been clear since he's been here that we're not about one person, one player or one coach," he added.

"It's good to have Ryan back but he's under no illusions that he is just another player and now he has to fight his way into the team."