James King is battling to be fit for Junior World Champinships
The Aberavon and Ospreys lock James King has been ruled out of action for up to 12 weeks after suffering a knee injury in Wales Under 20's recent Six Nations defeat by England.
The 19-year-old, who has made four appearances for the Ospreys this season, is now targeting a return to full fitness in time to push for a place in the Welsh squad to go to the IRB Junior World Championships in Argentina this June. Wales begin their campaign against Samoa, before facing Fiji and then New Zealand in their final pool match.
"James sustained a dislocated left patella, as well as rupturing associated soft tissue. Fortunately, he does not require surgery," said Ospreys Physio, Daloni Lucas.
"He initially faces a period of non-weight bearing on the injured leg to allow the ruptured tissue to heal, after which he faces a period of rehabilitation to regain leg strength. In total, he is looking at a 10-12 week lay-off, which should hopefully see him returning to fitness in time to make the Junior World Championships should he be selected."
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