Clermont Auvergne's medical staff had been tipping that Jones would make a stunning recovery from an ankle injury suffered against Biarritz last weekend. He was included in the initial squad of 24 named to play Stade Francais Paris on Saturday, but didn't make the final cut.
'It's a pity I couldn't play, because we've got an incredible crowd in, the weather's perfect and these are the sorts of games everyone wants to play,' Jones said. 'I believe I could have played, but there are still a few doubts about the ankle. The only wish you have when you're injured is to get back playing as quickly as possible.
'I really thought I would be fit for this game, but it's obviously going to take a few more days.'
A Clermont club spokesman said Jones's ankle would be looked at on Wednesday, in the hope of playing him against Castres next weekend. The delay in his return is another setback for Wales coach Ruddock, who is spending more time looking at X-rays than training videos these days.
World-class prop Gethin Jenkins (shoulder) and gifted centre Gavin Henson (groin) have already been ruled out of the autumn internationals. Scrum-half Dwayne Peel will have an ankle operation on Monday and will out of action for at least a fortnight, although understudy Gareth Cooper started on the bench for the Dragons on Saturday night.
Centre Tom Shanklin (knee) came through the Blues' loss to Wasps on Friday night unscathed, while Lions backrower Ryan Jones (shoulder) returns for the Ospreys against Bath on Sunday.
Ruddock's biggest problem next month could be at hooker. Robin McBryde has retired from rugby because of on-going neck problems, while possible replacements Rhys Thomas, Matthew Rees and Gareth Williams are all twiddling their thumbs on the injury list.
On the good-news front, Scarlets backrower Dafydd Jones (finger) is making a faster-than-expected recovery and may be available for the autumn Tests, and captain Gareth Thomas's sore shoulder is not considered a problem.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.