The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have provided a positive update on the ankle problem suffered by Dan Biggar during the Six Nations opener against Ireland on 7 February. The Ospreys fly-half limped off after just 21 minutes of a pulsating 16-16 draw at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, leaving Rhys Priestland to fill in at 10 for the remainder of the match.
Although the versatile Bath back, whose move to England from Scarlets last year led to claims that he would take a long sabbatical from international rugby, earned plaudits for kicking 11 points during a confident performance, Biggar is a hugely influential member of Warren Gatland's squad and his availability is likely to prove pivotal to their chances of winning the tournament for the first time since 2013.
Thankfully for Wales, it has now been confirmed that the 26-year-old's injury is not thought to be serious and he could even make a swift return for the visit of Scotland to Cardiff on 13 February. The World Cup quarter-finalists were initially supposed to name their squad for that clash on Wednesday, but the announcement has now been pushed back until 11am GMT on Thursday 11 February.
"Dan Biggar has made excellent progress with his recovery following the ankle injury sustained against Ireland on Sunday," the WRU revealed in a medical update posted on their official website.
"Indications are that the injury is not considered long term and decisions over his availability this weekend will be made later in the week. The squad return to training tomorrow [Wednesday] to prepare for their second RBS 6 Nations fixture against Scotland at Principality Stadium on Sunday."