Lock Ben Carter has given Dragons and Wales a health enhance as he returns from an ankle damage.
Carter was a doubt to begin Wales’ Six Nations marketing campaign, which begins on Saturday, 4 February towards Eire in Cardiff.
However Dragons boss Dai Flanagan expects Carter to be in competition.
“There’s a new nationwide coach (Warren Gatland) who I’m certain is eager to observe Ben and he needs to get again as shortly as potential,” mentioned Flanagan.
Carter, 21, picked up the issue in a coaching session earlier than their European Problem Cup draw
Dragons journey to face Pau in France on Friday, 13 January within the Problem Cup earlier than internet hosting Lions within the European competitors 9 days later.
“Ben might be contact and go for Friday, if it isn’t Pau then (he’ll be again) the week after towards the Lions,” added Flanagan.
“He’s flying round for the time being, so hopefully it is sooner reasonably than later. He’s essential for us as a result of he’s a giant man.”
Carter was a part of Wales’ autumn internationals squad and began the defeat by Georgia alongside Adam Beard that heralded the top of Wayne Pivac’s nationwide teaching reign.
Exeter duo Christ Tshuinza and Daf Jenkins, Ospreys duo Rhys Davies and Alun Wyn Jones and Cardiff’s Seb Davies might be among the many lock contenders to be named in Gatland’s squad later this month.
Gatland is already with out Dragons lock Will Rowlands for the match due to a shoulder damage, whereas Ospreys fly-half Gareth Anscombe may also be lacking.
Dan Lydiate, Samson Lee and Willis Halaholo will miss no less than the beginning of the match, whereas Wales have damage considerations surrounding George North, Owen Watkin, Josh Navidi, Dillon Lewis, Louis Rees-Zammit, Wyn Jones, Johnny Williams and Josh Macleod.