Scotland centre Alex Dunbar is in danger of missing out on this year’s World Cup after a training ground accident left him with ruptured knee ligaments.
The Glasgow back was due to start for the Dark Blues when they take on England at Twickenham tomorrow.
But the Scottish Rugby Union has announced he will now sit out the rest of the championships and potentially this year’s World Cup – due to kick off south of the Border on September 18 – after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
Matt Scott has now taken the 24-year-old’s slot for this weekend’s battle with the Auld Enemy while Dunbar faces up to the reality it will be six to nine months before he can think about adding to his 14 caps.
He was taking part in the team’s final training session at Murrayfield before jetting south to London when he fell to the turf clutching his knee.
Dunbar was rushed to the nearby Spire Murrayfield Hospital for a scan but the results only confirmed Scotland head coach Vern Cotter’s worst fears.