Fears over the severity of a neck injury sustained by George North while playing for the Scarlets have been allayed. The winger should be back in action before Wales begin the defence of their 2012 Grand Slam against Ireland on 2 February.
Wales have been handed a major boost with the news that George North should be back in action for the Scarlets within two weeks - and perhaps even this weekend.
The winger was stretchered off with a neck injury during his region's defeat to Ulster on Friday night. Tests found that it wasn't as serious as first feared.
Scarlets head of medicine Andy Walker said: 'He had a double whiplash on the neck. That could have caused significant injury. Fortunately we're just dealing with some soft tissue trauma - severe bruising. It's definitely positive for the Six Nations. All being well he is not far off.'
Wales begin the defence of their Grand Slam against Ireland on 2 February. 20-year-old North has already won 26 caps.
George North will assessed by the Scarlets medical team today - as they look to establish how serious the neck injury he sustained on Friday night against Ulster is.
The winger was taken to hospital after the incident, had his neck scanned and x-rays taken, although the results showed no serious injury. He flew back from Belfast with the rest of the team on Saturday morning.
The Scarlets say 'it is too early to assess the full extent of the injury at this stage or indeed the recovery period.' Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley will surely be keeping a close eye, with the opening game of the Six Nations - against Ireland - less than a month away.
The Scarlets have confirmed that there is 'no significant or serious damage' to George North's neck.
The winger was stretchered off the pitch during last night's PRO12 clash against Ulster.
In a statement this evening, the club have confirmed he will be further assessed by the Scarlets medical team on Monday, but that it is too early to assess the full extent of the injury or recovery period at this early stage.