More injury woe for full-back
Blow for Scots as Hogg ruled out of Autumn Tests
Stuart Hogg is facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his ankle (pic: SNS Group)
Full-back Stuart Hogg is facing up to the prospect of missing Scotland’s Autumn Tests after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.
The Glasgow Warrior is expected to be out of action for up to 12 weeks, meaning he will be sidelined for the friendly against Wales in Cardiff along with the internationals against Fiji, South Africa and Argentina at Murrayfield.
Hogg sustained the injury early in his side’s win over Munster this month but played on for the majority of the game.
Scans confirmed his worst fears, with his focus now on returning to club action ahead of this season’s Six Nations campaign.
He said: “I’m gutted to be missing some important games for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland over the next few months.
“My focus just now is working hard and getting fit, so I can play my part in what is a long season.”
Warriors head coach Dave Rennie said: “Hoggy injured his ankle in the game against Munster and then flew to South Africa with the squad for our Guinness PRO14 matches against the Cheetahs and the Kings.
“He didn’t train as it often takes a few days for the swelling to go down and he returned home when we realised it was more serious than we thought.
“It’s frustrating for him. He got himself in extremely good nick for the start of the season and was arguably one of the best players on the park in the opening two games. But it’s a long old season, he’s a resilient man and we’re looking forward to seeing him back out there soon.”
It is the latest in a series of injury blows for Hogg, who had hip and shoulder problems last season and was forced home from the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand after fracturing a cheekbone.
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend will also be without the services of Zander Fagerson for the foreseeable future, the tight-head prop having broken his leg in Warriors’ PRO14 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
The 22-year-old has had surgery on the lower leg fracture, with the club confirming he will be out for ‘months rather than weeks’.