Ryan Jones has left the Lions camp after only a couple of days due to medical issues following his head injury on Wales’ tour of North America.
Take a look at the above picture – it will be the first and last time you’ll see Ryan Jones in a Lions shirt this year.
The Wales captain joined up with the Lions squad on Thursday following the injury to Stephen Ferris, however, following a medical examination by the Lions medical team, Jones has been sent home after being declared unfit for Lions duty.
Lions Assistant coach Warren Gatland earlier said that time was not on Ryan Jones’ side, and that the balance of the squad would not help Jones’ cause of getting a Test spot. Head coach Ian McGeechan has revealed that no players will be called up as a replacement.
Jones said: “I am very disappointed that on medical grounds I have been told that I am not currently fit enough to play an active role on the tour.
“I was looking forward to getting involved with the rest of the lads but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. It has been an up and down year for me in many ways.
“I feel okay at present but obviously I have to listen to the neurosurgeon’s advice in terms of my health, and to ensure I make a full recovery.”
What do you think? Is Jones a major loss?