WALES winger Rio Dyer is likely to return for the Dragons when they hunt Challenge Cup qualification at Zebre Parma on Saturday.

The speedster missed the New Year’s Day win against the Scarlets after suffering a concussion against Cardiff on Boxing Day.

Dyer is available for this weekend’s trip to Italy (kick-off 3.15pm) and the Dragons are leaning towards bringing him back into their XV given that he will soon be leaving for Six Nations duty.

The Rosser brothers, Ewan and Jared, started together on the wings for the first time against the Scarlets.

Club captain Steff Hughes and stalwart Matthew Screech are also back from concussion to be options at centre and lock respectively but head coach Dai Flanagan is unlikely to make dramatic changes to his matchday squad, which is announced at midday on Friday.

The boss reacted to the embarrassing 55-21 defeat at the Arms Park by changing eight starters for the Scarlets game at Rodney Parade.

South Wales Argus: COMEBACK: Wales winger Rio Dyer scored a double for the Dragons against OyonnaxCOMEBACK: Wales winger Rio Dyer scored a double for the Dragons against Oyonnax (Image: Huw Evans Agency)

"We will finalise it over the 24 hours but a lot of the boys that came in took their opportunity,” said backs coach Matt O’Brien.

"The young guys behind played really well and Dai has made a lot about rewarding them, which you will probably see in team selection.

"We want to be in a position where people are fighting for the shirt and know that if they do play well then they will get the chance to go again."

The Dragons conceded nine tries in Cardiff before a tense 13-12 win against the Scarlets, aided by a pair of late missed kicks by Wales fly-half Sam Costelow.

"It was a pretty tough week after Cardiff and it was nice to get a win, but we are well aware we were only a kick away from losing," said O'Brien.

"There's plenty to work on but it's always nicer learning off the back of a victory rather than a loss."

South Wales Argus: VICTORY: The Dragons started the Challenge Cup with victory against OyonnaxVICTORY: The Dragons started the Challenge Cup with victory against Oyonnax (Image: Huw Evans Agency)

The Dragons took six points from their first two games in the Challenge Cup after beating Oyonnax with a bonus point then suffering a last-gasp defeat in Pau.

They head to Parma and will know what is needed for qualification when they finish the group stages against the Sharks a week on Sunday.

The top four of the six-club group, which also features the Cheetahs, qualify for the last 16 with the top two definitely having home advantage.

The Dragons haven’t won on their travels since beating Pau last January – the Judgement Day win against the Scarlets was a home fixture – and have lost their last two games in Parma.

Meanwhile, fly-half/full-back Angus O’Brien is nearing a return from a broken arm suffered at Munster on November 4.

The 29-year-old from Caerleon is targeting the United Rugby Championship trip to Glasgow on February 17, which would be a timely return if fellow 10/15 Cai Evans receives a Wales call-up for the Six Nations.

"We are hoping that he will be back for the URC games, he won't play in these two European games," said Matt O'Brien about his brother.

"He is back doing running, skills and non-contact stuff after having good news on an X-ray. He is in a good spot and on target for the URC."