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British & Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies is set to miss the start of the PRO14 season, with Scarlets set to hand him an extended break. Davies, who was named the Lions Player of the Series, will miss the first two weeks of the new season.
Scarlets teammate and fellow Lion Ken Owens will also be given an extended break, but Davies will be handed the longer break of the two, given the amount of game time he played in the series against the All Blacks.
Head coach Wayne Pivac says Davies will not be considered until they host Edinburgh on 23 September.
“Jonathan had the biggest workload of everyone and will have the biggest break and at the moment you won’t see him before week three,” Pivac told BBC.
“Everyone is keen to get involved pretty early with the opening match against the Kings, but we have to be sensible.”
Meanwhile, Pivac praised how well Davies performed on the tour.
“It was like he changed jerseys, but kept playing the same way,” said Pivac.
“He produced dominant performances for us and took that on the Lions and was clearly the man of the series.
“He is right up there with the best in the world and we hope he comes back with that sort of form for the Scarlets.
“We hope he starts the season in the way he finished.”