North cleared to return for Scarlets and Wales

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.

George North
North was a key part of last year's Grand Slam-winning Wales side Credit: David Davies / PA Archive / Press Association Images

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.

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North injury boost for Wales

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.