Scottish Rugby fly half Finn Russell will be forced to miss the Scotland tour of Japan following a ‘very serious’ facial injury sustained in Glasgow Warrior’s Semi Final loss to Connacht.
Scotland player Finn Russell in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at Principality Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Vern Cotter has received yet another blow to his summer touring party with the injury of playmaker Finn Russell. The mercurial fly half is still in hospital after clashing heads with teammate Zander Fagerson in their club’s loss to Connacht at the weekend.
[blockquote author=”Gregor Townsend” pull=”normal”]”It was a very serious injury”[/blockquote]
The incident occurred in the first minute of the game when both players made an attempt at tackling Connacht star centre Bundee Aki as he went on one of his trademark crash runs, their heads clashed and Russell appeared to suffer the brunt of the force. He was treated on pitch for an extended period, was given oxygen and then subsequently failed a head injury assessment before being rushed to hospital.
Footage of the incident
Glasgow Warrior’s medical staff have confirmed he is still receiving treatment at Dublin’s Beaumont hospital, but is said to be steadily improving and will not require surgery. Is is hoped that he will be discharged later in the week but will not
It comes hot on the heels of injuries to Alex Dunbar and Tim Visser, as well as the loss of Mark Bennett to the Olympic Sevens squad. Matt Scott and Sean Lamont have been called up to replace the pair, but so far no replacement has been named to replace the injured Russell. With Ruaridh Jackson and Peter Horne in the squad there is cover, but coach Cotter is may call on the services of Duncan Weir to provide backup to the small squad.
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