Warren Gatland is being faced with an injury dilemma ahead of their Friday night RBS Six Nations meeting with France next week.
Mark Davies, the Welsh physio, has just confirmed that Matthew Rees, Gethin Jenkins and Gareth Williams will be unavailable for selection, and this follows the news that Alun Wyn Jones is out for the rest of the tournament with an elbow fracture.
The Welsh lock suffered the injury during the first half against Scotland, but played the full 80 minutes before a scan revealed a fracture that requires surgery.
Scarlets hooker Rees has failed to recover from a groin problem, Blues prop Gethin Jenkins has a calf injury and fellow Blues player, hooker Gareth Williams, has damaged knee ligaments.
Add to this the fact that Gatland has had to dismiss naughty boy Andy Powell for Golf Buggy-gate, and this could be a real issue for Wales.
Some people had backed Wales for a famous scalp – over one quarter of predictions on SportGuru are currently in Wales’ favour – but this may seriously hinder their prospects of an upset.