18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
Jones subsequently missed the draw with Benetton Treviso and faces an extended period on the sidelines.
Meanwhile his Wales boiler-house partner Luke Charteris faces wrist surgery and could miss the remainder of Newport Gwent Dragons' Amlin Challenge Cup campaign.
Cardiff Blues lock Bradley Davies starts in Wales' clash with Australia on Saturday and is joined by Jones' injury-cursed Ospreys teammate Ian Evans, who makes his first Test appearance in three years.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: "It's good to have Ian back. It's been a shame as over the last couple of seasons as he has been unfortunate with a lot of injuries and it is good to see him back in there as there is the potential that Alun Wyn Jones and Luke Charteris could both be out for the Six Nations. So it's nice to have someone of that quality and ability back in the squad.
"We are sending Luke to the surgeon and he potentially needs an operation on his wrist, similar to the one Jamie Roberts had a little while ago, so he could be out for four or five months."
Both Welsh regions are entering vital periods in their Heineken Cup campaigns. The Ospreys sit joint top with Saracens in Pool Five and face the London club in a double-header kicking-off at Wembley on December 10.
The Dragons are also unbeaten in Europe and face their own back-to-back encounters with English opposition when they face Exeter Chiefs in the Amlin Cup starting at Sandy Park on December 11.