British & Irish Lions
Roberts and North set to miss first Test
ESPN Staff
June 17, 2013
Lions centre Jamie Roberts hobbles from the field, Waratahs v British & Irish Lions, Allianz Stadium, Sydney, June 15, 2013
Jamie Roberts limped out of the Lions' clash with the Waratahs on Saturday © Getty Images

British & Irish Lions winger George North has reportedly been ruled out of the first Test against Australia on Saturday while centre Jamie Roberts has been rated as a "grave doubt" to make the game.

North picked up a hamstring injury in the Lions' victory over a Combined Country XV last week and while team medics remain hopeful that he will be fit by the weekend, The Times reports that he has already been ruled out the game due to the fact he will not be able to train in the early part of the week as the Lions prepare for the Brisbane showdown. However, he is likely to return to the selection mix for the second Test in Melbourne on June 29.

"George is an exceptional character and has worked really hard," team doctor James Robson told reporters earlier today. "He is back running today. He is doing very well. An accurate assessment of his availability for selection will take place on Wednesday, but at the moment I think he is doing very well."

Roberts was forced off in the closing stages of Saturday's 47-17 thrashing of the Waratahs - also with a hamstring injury. Warren Gatland was reluctant to put a time-scale on Roberts' recovery post-match, but team doctor James Robson confirmed today that Roberts had strained a hamstring.

"Jamie is a grave doubt for this week, there is no doubt about that," Robson said. "You only had to see how much discomfort he was in at the weekend. However, further assessment will be made later in the week as to his availability going forward."

Tommy Bowe is also unlikely to feature this weekend after undergoing surgery on a broken bone in his right hand which he suffered against the Reds. Gatland has already acted quickly to bolster his resources in the centres with Brad Barritt called up on Sunday. He is joined in the squad by Christian Wade and Shane Williams, who both start against the Brumbies.

Manu Tuilagi, who suffered a shoulder injury against the Reds, is also back in training and could feature against Australia. Gatland will announce the team for the first Test on Thursday.

Lions team doctor James Robson updates the media on the squad's injury concerns
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