Scotland’s preparation for their massive Six Nations clash with Wales next weekend – indeed for the rest of the tournament, has been thrown into disarray as another player has been ruled out through injury.
Number eight Josh Struass suffered a blow to the kidney during Scotland’s 22-16 defeat to France in Paris last weekend, and scans on the Glasgow player have revealed that he will be out for up to six weeks thanks to the damage inflicted.
The 30-year-old played the full 80 minutes at the Stade de France last Sunday, but his participation in the 2017 tournament has come to an end.
Scottish Rugby have since released a statement confirming the news:
“After completing the [French] match, he was scanned in Paris. Both the scan, and the player, were reviewed back in Scotland, where the full extent of the injury was confirmed.”
This latest injury will come as another massive blow for head coach Vern Cotter, whose side looked like they were set to make waves this year after an opening weekend victory against Ireland and subsequent battling display in France.
Whatever hope they had turning over Wales at Murrayfield in their third game has been severely hit not just by Strauss’ injury, but also to those of WP Nel, Alasdair Dickinson and Greig Laidlaw – two vitally important props and the team captain.