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Injury forces Laidlaw out of Six Nations

Scotland’s hopes of progress in this year’s Six Nations Championship have taken a knock after captain Greig Laidlaw was ruled out for the rest of the tournament through injury.

Laidlaw was withdrawn in the first half of the match against France in Paris last weekend and left the Stade de France on crutches to return to Gloucester where he received treatment from his club.

Scottish Rugby has now confirmed the 58-time capped player sustained ligament damage against the French.

In a statement, it said: “The extent of the damage is such that he will take no further part in the current championship.

“Laidlaw will see a specialist later in the week to determine the best course of management and estimated time out of the sport.”

Laidlaw was replaced by Glasgow’s Ali Price against the French in what turned out to be an injury-prone tie.

John Barclay, who took over as captain, was also forced out of the game following a clash of heads. His replacement John Hardie to suffered the same injury early in the second half.

Scotland hooker Ross Ford said: “Greig’s a massive part of the squad and he’s a great leader.

“But we’ve got a leadership group together that’s been there helping Greig out.

“Whatever does happen, the boys will be able to step up and take that role on and move forward.

“We do it as a group and Greig’s the focal point, but we’ve got a group of leaders there who can shoulder the burden and take it on.”

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