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Warren Gatland sweating on the fitness of Jamie Roberts

  • New Zealand host Wales in their final Test in Dunedin on Saturday
  • Jamie Roberts is doubtful for Wales after suffering a clash of heads
  • The veteran centre needs to complete his return-to-play protocols first
Wales centre Jamie Roberts is hoping he will complete his return-to-play protocols in time to line-up against New Zealand in Saturday’s third Test in Dunedin.

The Harlequins centre suffered a cut to his head in a collision with All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa in the opening minute against the world champions.

He played for 78 minutes after the clash and hopes to be available for Saturday’s final Test match in Dunedin.x

“I had a few stitches, it was quite a nasty knock,” said the Lions back.

“It’s the nature of the beast, the head has taken quite a few knocks over the last decade.

“I’m feeling alright. Obviously there’s a protocol to follow after a head knock so I’m doing that and fingers crossed I will be alright for selection on Saturday.

“I got to know Fekitoa quite well 30 seconds into the game. The rest of the game is a bit of a blur.”

New Zealand have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and Warren Gatland’s side are looking to avoid a tour whitewash.

They began the three-Test series with a 39-21 defeat at Eden Park, before a 40-7 thrashing by the Chiefs in a midweek game.