Jake Ball: Injured Wales and Scarlets lock set to miss Six Nations

Jake Ball leaves the field after dislocating his shoulder playing for Wales against New Zealand
Jake Ball leaves the field after dislocating his shoulder playing for Wales against New Zealand

Lock Jake Ball is likely to miss Wales' Six Nations campaign because of injury.

The 26-year-old Scarlet went off in the first half of Wales' 33-18 loss to New Zealand with a dislocated shoulder that later required surgery.

Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac confirmed Ball would be sidelined from three to four months.

"Shoulders are usually anywhere between 12 and 16 weeks, depending on what they've done, but he will be back by the end of the season," Pivac said.

Ball's Scarlets team-mate Jonathan Davies has already been ruled out of the Six Nations with the foot injury he sustained in the loss to Australia.

The 29-year-old British and Irish Lions centre was voted the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year for 2017 on Monday night.

Wales begin the 2018 Six Nations on Saturday, 3 February against Scotland in Cardiff.

Warren Gatland's side take on England at Twickenham the following weekend, with Ireland away on 24 February before completing their campaign at home to Italy and France, with the final fixture being played on 17 March.

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