Second-row Adam Beard will link up with the Wales’ World Cup squad in Japan next week after having surgery to remove his appendix.
The Ospreys lock was admitted to hospital on Wednesday ahead of the team’s departure for the global tournament.
Beard will be assessed upon arrival with their opening game taking place against Georgia on Monday, September 23.
“Adam Beard was admitted to hospital with suspected appendicitis by Wales team medics ahead of the squad’s departure last Wednesday,” a Welsh Rugby Union spokesperson said.
“He had his appendix removed uneventfully later that day and is recovering well. He will rejoin the rest of the squad in Japan early next week.”
It could potentially leave them without two locks for their first encounter of the World Cup with Cory Hill recovering from a stress fracture in the leg.