Ken Owens: Wales hooker should be fit for Lions - Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac
|British and Irish Lions 2017|
|Date: 3 June-8 July Venue: New Zealand|
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Wales hooker Ken Owens should be fit for the British and Irish Lions' tour of New Zealand, according to his Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac.
Owens, 30, missed Friday's 25-17 Pro12 semi-final win over Irish side Leinster in Dublin with an ankle injury.
The Scarlets captain is a doubt for the Pro12 final on 27 May, but Pivac says the Lions tour is "probably a goer".
The squad fly out on 29 May with the first tour match against New Zealand Provincial Barbarians on 3 June.
"Ken is improving every day and very upbeat. By all accounts he is progressing well," Pivac said.
"We would like him to improve for next weekend but we are not sure there is the time."
Owens was assessed by Lions medical staff earlier in the week and will be again next week as the Lions move to a training camp in Dublin.
He is one of 12 Welshmen in the Lions squad and selection for his first tour followed a season when Owens made the Wales number two shirt his own and played his 50th game for his country in France.
Ireland skipper Rory Best and England's Jamie George are the other two hookers selected by the Lions.
Lions tour schedule
|June 3 - Provincial Union Team, Whangarei|
|June 7 - Blues, Auckland|
|June 10 - Crusaders, Christchurch|
|June 13 - Highlanders, Dunedin|
|June 17 - Maori All Blacks, Rotorua|
|June 20 - Chiefs, Hamilton|
|June 24 - 1st Test v New Zealand, Auckland|
|June 27 - Hurricanes, Wellington|
|July 1 - 2nd Test v New Zealand, Wellington|
|July 8 - 3rd Test v New Zealand, Auckland|