Six Nations 2018: Will George North be fit to face Scotland?

George North chats with Liam Williams during a Wales training session
George North is being considered for Saturday's match with Scotland while Liam Williams seems likely to miss out
2018 Six Nations: Wales v Scotland
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: 3 February Kick-off: 14:15 GMT
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Wales are assessing the fitness of wing George North for Saturday's Six Nations opener against Scotland.

North withdrew from Northampton's Anglo-Welsh Cup match at Sale last Saturday and has played just twice since October because of knee troubles.

Wales are scheduled to name their team at midday on Tuesday with eight front-line players out injured.

"Hopefully George will be involved for selection this week," assistant coach Neil Jenkins said on the WRU website.

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Jenkins added that number eight Taulupe Faletau, fly-half Dan Biggar and back Liam Williams are all undergoing rehabilitation on injuries.

Faletau and Biggar are both already ruled out of the opening matches while Williams' abdominal injury seems likely to rule him out of the opening match.

North suffered a knee injury in Saints' 57-13 defeat by Saracens in October 2017 and has only made two appearances as a replacement since.

The 25-year-old missed Wales' autumn internationals with injury.

Scrum-half Rhys Webb, centre Jonathan Davies and flankers Sam Warburton and Dan Lydiate - all Lions - are already ruled out for the whole of the tournament.

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Second-row Jake Ball is also likely to miss every game, fly-half Dan Biggar is out for three matches and Bath duo Rhys Priestland and Taulupe Faletau both miss at least the opening two games.

Scotland also have a long injury list with second row Richie Gray the latest forward ruled out.

In the front row hookers Ross Ford, Fraser Brown and props Zander Fagerson, WP Nel, Darryl Marfo, Allan Dell and Al Dickinson are all injured.

Tight-head Simon Berghan is banned for the Cardiff encounter.

Wales squad for the 2018 Six Nations

Forwards: Rob Evans (Scarlets), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Ospreys), Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues), Cory Hill (Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, capt), James Davies (Scarlets), Taulupe Faletau (Bath), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys).

Backs: Aled Davies (Scarlets), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues) Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Bath), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Owen Williams (Gloucester), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors), Hallam Amos (Dragons), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Steff Evans (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), George North (Northampton Saints), Liam Williams (Saracens).

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