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Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny to see concussion specialist

Wales and Scarlets Fullback Leigh Halfpenny will now see a concussion specialist after being forced to come off their game against Cardiff Blues complaining of head aches. 

Penny who has made 80 appearences for Wales has been out of action since November 10 after taking a hit from Australia’s Sami Kerevi.

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac revealed that the 30 year old will seek further medical assistance saying they will not risk anything.

“He is seeing a specialist, and that will hopefully give us an accurate time-frame for him in terms of coming back to play,” Pivac told AFP.

“We will know more next week, hopefully.

“It has been about eight weeks now, so we want to get some reassurance that we are doing the right things and make sure we stay on track.

“Leigh is very frustrated. You can see a leg injury, these things are easy to deal with, you can see a finish line. Muscles take this amount of time to heal, broken bones take that amount of time.

“But you don’t know as much about the head injuries that occur. It is frustrating for all concerned, more so for Leigh.”

When asked if Halfpenny could be stood down from playing for an extended period, Pivac said: “That is for the specialist and our medical team to make that call.

“From our point of view, we just won’t risk putting him out there until he is 100 per cent.”

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