Skipper injured on club duty

Laidlaw out of Scotland’s Autumn Tests

Greig Laidlaw

Greig Laidlaw: out until February

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw will miss the autumn Tests after suffering a fractured ankle playing for club side Clermont Auvergne.

The former Edinburgh and Gloucester scrum-half injured his fibula during the weekend Champions Cup win over Ospreys.

It means he will be unavailable for Scotland’s home matches next month against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.

John Barclay is also battling against concussion which may rule him out of the Murrayfield games.

Laidlaw is likely to make his return for Scotland in the Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff in February.

The 32-year-old missed the summer tour of Singapore, Australia and Fiji after being called up to the British & Irish Lions squad as a replacement for Ben Youngs, who withdrew before the tour for personal reasons.

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