Wales hooker Ken Owens to miss autumn Tests due to 12-week absence

Wales forward Ken Owens in action as Adam Jones looks on during the Wales training session at the Vale Hotel on February 11, 2014
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Scarlets confirm that Wales hooker Ken Owens is likely to be out of action for 12 weeks as he needs to undergo neck surgery.

The Scarlets have confirmed that hooker Ken Owens is expected to be on the sidelines for 12 weeks as he requires surgery on a neck injury.

The 27-year-old will miss Wales's Autumn Internationals after suffering the injury during a scrum session in training earlier this month.

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac told the club's official website: "It's a shame for both Ken on a personal level and the team as a whole that he will require surgery on the injury he received earlier last week to his neck.

Head of performance Andrew Walker added: "Unfortunately Ken injured his neck in a training session a week last Tuesday. Following thorough investigations the scans have confirmed the he's injured a disc in his neck.

"After a thorough process, involving consultations with three neck specialists, we have decided that surgery is the best course of action."

Owens will go under the knife early next week.

Wales forward Ken Owens in action as Adam Jones looks on during the Wales training session at the Vale Hotel on February 11, 2014
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