Owens blow for Wales and Scarlets
ESPN Staff
September 26, 2014
Ken Owens is facing 12 weeks out © Getty Images

Ken Owens looks set to miss Wales' autumn internationals after he was ruled out for 12 weeks with a neck injury.

Owens picked up the injury in training ahead of the Scarlets' game against Benetton Treviso last week and now requires surgery.

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said: "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. Ken had been playing well but the focus now is to get see him through the surgery and get him back here with us for rehabilitation. We're very pleased to have Emz [Emyr Phillips] step straight in there and play like that [against Benetton Treviso]."

Scarlets 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."

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