Jonathan Davies: Wales & Lions centre to miss most of Six Nations

British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies is set to miss most of Wales' Six Nations campaign because of injury.

Davies, 25, has not played since suffering a pectoral injury in Wales' defeat by South Africa in November.

The Scarlets say their captain, who is to leave for French side Clermont at the end of the season, is progressing well and taking part in light training.

He will return to action in early March and Wales' last two Championship games take place on 9 and 15 March.

The Scarlets confirmed in a statement that Davies is "fit for return early March" ruling him out of Wales' first three games in the Six Nations against Italy, Ireland and France.

Wales' Six Nations fixtures

Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Davies celebrate Wales' Six Nations 2013 championship victory

1 Feb: Italy (h)

8 Feb: Ireland (a)

21 Feb: France (h)

9 March: England (a)

15 March: Scotland (h)

Davies was one of the Lions' stars in their victorious tour of Australia in the summer, playing in all three Tests, controversially being picked ahead of Brian O'Driscoll for the series decider.

His excellent form led to a two-year deal to play for Clermont Auvergne, who he joins in July, joining a list of Wales internationals playing in the French top flight.

He is one of a number of Scarlets first team regulars currently unavailable, including fellow Welsh internationals, hooker Ken Owens and full-back Liam Williams.

Owens is recovering from a sprained ankle and Williams has received treatment for a fractured finger.

Both are expected to be out for two to three weeks.

Fly-half Steven Shingler, who rejoined the region from London Irish last year, is out until the end of April with a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile the Scarlets say winger Mike Poole is recovering well in hospital following surgery after fracturing and dislocating his neck.

Poole was hurt playing for Llanelli against Swansea in the Principality Welsh Premiership on 28 December.

Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby, said the thoughts of everyone at the region are with Poole's family.

"We have been in close contact with the hospital teams, Mike and his family throughout," said Easterby.

"We are all pleased to see him making good progress."