Cardiff Blues’ Gethin Jenkins is the latest player to become a doubt for Wales’ upcoming Six Nation campaign.
The prop injured his knee in his side’s 36-30 win over Racing Metro at the weekend and is now a doubt for Wales’ opening Six Nations game against Ireland on February 6.
There were further injuries for Gatland to contend with over the Heineken Cup weekend, with fly-half Rhys Priestland and flanker Dan Lydiate injuring themselves in games for the Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons respectively.
They join forwards Luke Charteris, Alun-Wyn Jones and Lloyd Burns who will all miss the Six Nations through injury, while centre Jamie Roberts has not played for the Blues since before Christmas.
In spite of all the injuries, Wales head into the Six Nations as one of the more fancied of the teams following their brilliant run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in the autumn.
Warren Gatland’s men are 11/4 second favourites behind France – the team who defeated the Welsh in the last four in New Zealand – who can be backed at 13/8 to win the tournament.
Despite their growing injury concerns, Wales remain a tempting proposition and their young and expansive side still have more than enough to test the likes of England and France.
However, if they are to win the Six Nations then they will surely have to overcome Ireland in Dublin in just under two weeks.
Wales saw off the Irish in the quarter finals of the World Cup with a thrilling display and won on their last trip to the Emerald Isle.
Wales are currently 7/4 outsiders to win that game but with the mounting casualty list, backing Ireland to win at 4/9 could prove to be a tempting bet.