Scotland today suffered a blow ahead of Sunday’s viagogo Autumn Test with South Africa at Murrayfield when Edinburgh centre Matt Scott was ruled out for the remainder of the Autumn series with a broken hand.
And, in a further setback, it emerged that Scott is likely to miss Edinburgh’s vital back-to-back Heineken European Cup clashes with Gloucester as the fracture could take six weeks to heal.
Scott was injured in the final play of last weekend’s Test match at Murrayfield in which Scotland beat Japan.
Scotland team doctor James Robson said: “Matt was seen by consultant surgeon Doug Campbell at SPIRE Leeds yesterday and it was confirmed he has sustained a fracture to a bone in his hand.
“Happily, Matt does not require surgery. The usual return to play from an injury of this nature is approximately six weeks.”
While Scott was only just getting back into his stride after injuring an ankle in pre-season, Dr Robson had happier news of forwards Ryan Grant and Al Kellock who suffered head knocks at the weekend.
“Both are continuing to make good progress,” said Robson who was equally upbeat about Duncan Weir (groin) and Tim Swinson (shoulder).
A calf injury ruled Greig Laidlaw out of training today apparently as a precaution and the squad has been augmented by a number of new arrivals.
They are the Edinburgh Rugby capped quartet, backs Jack Cuthbert, Tom Brown and Lee Jones, and flanker Ross Rennie; the Glasgow Warriors pair, capped prop Jon Welsh and Scotland Sevens internationalist centre/wing Byron McGuigan; and the 25-year-old uncapped Leeds Carnegie full-back/centre Stevie McColl.
McColl, a former Scotland Sevens and age-grade player, who was players’ player of the season at the English Championship club in 2012-13, has been called up to the Scotland squad for the first time.
Originally from Dunfermline he caught the eye when Leeds recently thrashed Gala in the B & I Cup.