Mark Jones's bad luck with injury has continued, with him being ruled out for up to three months.
Scarlets captain Mark Jones will be out of action for a minimum of three months, the region confirmed today.
Jones underwent keyhole surgery yesterday which successfully repaired torn cartilage in his right knee following an injury sustained in training with Wales last weekend.
Medics believe he will not be available for selection for a minimum of three months.
Head Coach Nigel Davies said: "It is very disappointing and unlucky for Mark at this particular time. It's one of the curses of modern day rugby unfortunately - it is a hugely physical sport and these boys train intensively on a daily basis.
"However, Mark is one of the most positive players I know in terms of coming back from injury. He deals with these set backs more positively than most people.
"He has been a huge asset for already for us this season in his role as captain and is totally respected by all the players. He's a true Scarlet and embodies all the values that we belong to as a rugby region and demonstrates that in his role as captain, leading by example.
"Despite being injured Mark will be back with the region for his recovery and during this time will continue to play a key leadership and motivational role off the field with the players as well as working closely with coaching staff and Scarlets management."
Jones will return to the region for his rehab and physio treatment in a fortnight following his post op recovery period.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.