Dragons decide to play it safe with Tovey
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have decided to play it safe with Jason Tovey’s head injury by leaving the in-form fly-half out of their squad to face the Ospreys on Friday.
The 24-year-old suffered a blow to the head when attempting to tackle Samoan powerhouse flanker Alafoti Fa'osiliva in the Amlin Challenge Cup defeat to Bath last weekend.
He took part in training on Monday and the signs were promising but medical staff have decided to take no risks and give the left-footer another weekend to recover.
It leaves former Italy international Kris Burton and Steffan Jones, who has been featuring for Cross Keys after suffering a dislocated elbow in pre-season, as the fly-half options for the RaboDirect Pro12 clash.
Burton, 33, started against Munster and Mogliano and is likely to get the nod to pull the strings at the Liberty Stadium.
Hooker Sam Parry returns after missing the Bath game with concussion while inside centre Ashley Smith, who has been troubled by a hamstring injury, is in the mix for a first appearance of the season.
There is also encouraging news about hooker Rhys Thomas and flanker Darren Waters, who are making good progress from ankle and knee injuries respectively and are targeting December comebacks.
Dragons squad: D Evans, W Harries, M Pewtner, R Wardle, T Prydie, H Amos, A Smith, A Hughes, L Robling, S Jones, K Burton, J Evans, R Rees, W Evans, O Evans, P Price, A Coundley, N Williams, H Gustafson, S Parry, E Dee, D Way, N Buck, F Chaparro, A Jones, M Screech, A Coombs, R Sidoli, J Groves, N Talei, L Evans, T Faletau, I Jones.
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