RUGBY UNION: New injury blow for Henson

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LONDON Welsh centre Gavin Henson is expected to be sidelined for six weeks after fracturing his cheekbone during Saturday’s pre-season friendly defeat against Llanelli Scarlets.

The 30-year-old former Wales centre played on until the 33rd minute after being tackled by Deacon Manu in the first minute of the 23-17 loss, but was then taken to hospital for X-rays.

He underwent further tests yesterday and has now been ruled out for the start of the Aviva Premiership season, with Welsh facing Leicester on September 2.

A club statement read: “London Welsh can confirm that Gavin suffered a minor fracture to his cheekbone during our friendly with the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets.”