Injury problem may see Dylan Hartley join the British & Irish Lions squad
Dylan Hartley might still be called up for the Lions
Hooker likely to replace Ken Owens if he fails to shake ankle injury
The Welshman suffered an ankle injury in training with the Scarlets
Dylan Hartley missed out on a British & Irish Lions tour in 2013 after being sent off in the Premiership final and banned, but the England captain could be called up for next month’s trip to New Zealand.
The England captain was one of the major omissions when Warren Gatland’s side to tour New Zealand was announced.
However, the Kiwi-born hooker has moved back into the reckoning after Owens was injured in training with his Scarlets side this week, and ruled out of their Pro 12 semi-final against Leinster on Friday.
“Hopefully, Ken is going to be fine, although he is missing a big game for the Scarlets this weekend,'” Lions assistant coach Neil Jenkins said on Thursday.
“With a bit of luck, everything is going to be OK for the Lions.'”
Owens was one of three hookers in the 41-man Lions squad, besides Ireland captain Rory Best and England’s Jamie George.
The 41-man Lions squad leave for their 10-match tour on May 29.