Six Nations: Wales sweat on the fitness of Louis Rees-Zammit ahead of next month’s opener

Wales star Louis Rees-Zammit is in a race against time to be fit in time for the Six Nations in February, his club confirmed.

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The winger injured his ankle on Christmas Eve in Gloucester’s loss against defending Premiership champions Leicester Tigers.

Out until the Six Nations

Gloucester boss George Skivington revealed that Rees-Zammit would unlikely play for the club again before the Six Nations, meaning there is a possibility the speedster will recover in time for the competition.

“He is walking around at the moment, which is good news, but (he) is definitely not going to be back any time soon,” Skivington said.

“I have not got an exact date of return because it is going to be around that Six Nations period.

“From my point of view, I plan for him not to be here for a few weeks.

“I am not sure exactly what week of the Six Nations it is that he will or won’t get ready for, but he will not be playing for us in the next couple of weeks anyway.

“He has been scanned. The medics are on top of it. I just know he is not going to be here for the Six Nations, and therefore it’s up to Wales to work out whether he is going to play for them.”

Unknown return date

There has been no date given for the Welshman’s return. However, Wales head coach Warren Gatland will be monitoring closely as the wing could be one of his trump cards given the speed threat Rees-Zammit has.

Skivington said: “I am being absolutely honest from my point of view. I know he is not available for me until that Six Nations period, and I am moving on.

“I am hoping he will be available for some point of the Six Nations and beyond that. I have so many things going on with other injuries and people, and I leave it to others.

“Hopefully he will be ready for the start of the Six Nations, but there is no date been given to me.

“Whether it is because it is one of those injuries where it could kick on quicker – he is a young healthy bloke, and hopefully he recovers as quick as anybody – or whether it’s a debate (about) should he play this game or not. I am genuinely not sure about it.”

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