Lions tour doctor James Robson has said that centre Jamie Roberts is a ‘grave doubt’ to take part in the first test against Australia this weekend. He strained a hamstring in the win over the Waratahs on Saturday, but is now unlikely to feature in the opening game of the three test series.
“Jamie is a grave doubt for this weekend, there is no doubt about that,” Robson said. “You only had to see how much discomfort he was in at the weekend. However, further assessment will be made later in the week as to his availability going forward. He has tweaked his hamstring. He has a strain. He got his leg extended, someone came down and flexed his back. It is unfortunate.”
There was, however, slightly better news regarding winger George North, who was yesterday rated as “less than 50-50” by Lions head coach Warren Gatland to be available this week. The Welshman is running again, and is confident of being fit for Saturday.
Robson said: “He (North) is an exceptional character and has worked really hard. He is back to running today.
“An accurate assessment on his availability for selection will take place on Wednesday. At the moment, I think he is doing very well and has a great chance of being fit for this week.
“We wouldn’t allow him to play if there was any significant risk. We will only return him to the coaches for selection if we are confident that medically he is fine.”