Rhys Patchell is going to soon be fit for the World Cup despite suffering his third concussion in a calendar year, insists Warren Gatland.
The 26-year-old fly-half abandoned the pitch during the first half of Wales’ 19-10 defeat Ireland on Saturday for a head-injury assessment (HIA) after colliding with CJ Stander in the build-up to Ireland’s very first try.
Head trainer Gatland admitted on Saturday that Patchell will be evaluated from the medics within the upcoming few days, with all the Welsh squad flying on Wednesday to Japan.
Wales have two fly-halves within their 31-man group, together with Gareth Anscombe recovering from knee surgery and Dan along with Patchell Biggar that the 2 playmakers to the World Cup.
Asked if Patchell would be on this trip, Gatland said:”Patchell will be fine for that. He appears okay from the changing rooms.
“He’s just got to be assessed in the upcoming few days. We are going to talk to the medics about that and find out how he fares during the next few days”
Patchell has endured a wretched run of harm luck, having fought off a torn hamstring along with two previous concussions across the class of the previous 12 months.
He has acquitted himself nicely in Wales’ warm-up matches, but now faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup opener against Georgia on September 23.
Asked if he had any concerns with just two fly-halves within his group, Gatland added:”We’ll see how he comes out of another couple of days.
“He certainly deserves some good luck because he has gone well. And the thing is that he went and that where the concussions happenwhen players go low and a knee or a hip hit the tackler.
“So that’s something we will have to keep watching on with World Rugby.”
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