Scotland fly-half Godman out for six months
September 22, 2010
Scotland fly-half Phil Godman is out for six months © Getty Images
Scotland fly-half Phil Godman will be out of action for the next six months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in training.
Godman will miss Scotland's November internationals as well as next year's Six Nations but remains hopeful of being fit to play a part in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
The 28-year-old was injured during a non-contact session with Edinburgh on Tuesday. Confirmation of the extent of the injury came following a scan at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital.
"Phil sustained the injury in non-contact training yesterday," Scotland doctor James Robson said. "His rehabilitation starts now. He will have to undergo surgery in due course to repair the knee ligaments but the Edinburgh and Scotland medical teams will be working to deliver him ready to be considered for selection for the Rugby World Cup squad next year.
"I have seen Phil this morning and there are many examples of players returning to full international duty having sustained this kind of injury. From our own national squad Jason White and Nathan Hines have both recovered to play a full part in international rugby after ACL damage."
Godman fell behind Cardiff Blues fly-half Dan Parks in the Scotland reckoning last season but is committed to staking his claims for a place at the World Cup.
"I have to focus on my rehabilitation and target being available to go to the World Cup, which is a massive ambition for me," he said.
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