Cardiff Blues' director of rugby Dai Young says he'd be 'surprised' if Josh Navidi doesn't get the Lions call this summer.
Navidi was a standout for Wales during their triumphant Six Nations campaign having gone straight into the squad after recovering from an injury.
Navidi is currently recovering from another injury he picked up in the Challenge Cup defeat to London Irish on April 2 but that hasn't stopped Dai Young backing him for a call up to the squad.
Young urged caution in terms of his comeback, he added that Navidi has been a standout performer this term for club and country.
“He certainly won’t be featuring in the first couple of games," Young said.
"He’s got a shoulder injury but thankfully doesn’t need an operation.
“He’ll rehab it for four to six weeks - that’s well underway - and then we’ll see where we go.
“That’s the first flag in the sand.
“The good news is that he doesn’t require an operation and they’re confident it can be rehabbed.”
“At this moment in time there’s no reason why Josh couldn’t be selected for the British Lions. I’d be surprised if he isn’t," he added.
“His performances for Wales have been outstanding, not only this season but for a number of seasons.
“Warren knows him well and I’m sure he’ll be there or thereabouts.
“He certainly should be available for selection on the evidence we have at the moment.”