Scotland lose star centre
- 12 Nov 2013
Matt Scott has been ruled out of Sunday's Test against the Springboks.
Scott sustained a hand injury in the closing stages of Scotland’s 42-17 victory against Japan last weekend. News that he will miss the rest of the November Test series comes as a blow to Scotland, as he has been one of their star performers this season.
In other injury news, prop Ryan Grant and lock Alastair Kellock are continuing to make good progress following the concussive blows they received at the weekend. Flyhalf Duncan Weir is also on the mend after sustaining a groin injury last week.
Scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw (calf) and lock Tim Swinson (shoulder) didn't train with the team on Tuesday, but the Scotland team management remains hopeful that they will be available for Sunday's clash.
As a precaution, coach Scott Johnson has called up a number of players as cover. They are the Edinburgh capped quartet, backs Jack Cuthbert, Tom Brown and Lee Jones and flanker Ross Rennie; the Glasgow Warriors pair, capped prop Jon Welsh and centre/wing Byron McGuigan; and the 25-year-old uncapped Leeds Carnegie fullback/centre Stevie McColl.
Scotland will announced their match 23 on Wednesday afternoon.
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