Scotland wait on Brown injury
January 23, 2012
Kelly Brown suffered a leg injury whilst playing for Saracens © Getty Images
Scotland are anxiously awaiting an update on injured flanker Kelly Brown amid fears he could miss some of the Six Nations tournament.
The 29-year-old was stretchered off during Saracens' Heineken Cup victory over Treviso in Italy on Sunday after suffering what appeared to be a painful injury to his right leg. While the remainder of Andy Robinson's 36-man squad met up for a pre-tournament training camp in St Andrews, Brown underwent scans in London.
Scotland face England at Murrayfield in the opening match of their campaign on February 4, leaving the 49-cap flanker less than two weeks to fully recover.
"We are liaising closely with the Saracens medics and we await the outcome of two scans that Kelly has undergone," said Scotland team doctor James Robson. "At this juncture Kelly remains part of our Six Nations squad."
Scotland were also monitoring the fitness of forwards Alasdair Dickinson (shoulder), Ed Kalman (calf), Alastair Kellock (respiratory tract infection) and David Denton (hamstring). Meanwhile fly-half Ruaridh Jackson continues to recover from a hamstring injury, Joe Ansbro is receiving treatment for back problems and Rory Lamont and Nick De Luca are recovering from dead legs.
Despite the injury concerns, Andy Robinson struck an upbeat note and said the recent success of Edinburgh - in qualifying for the last eight of the Heineken Cup - and Glasgow - in reaching the upper echelons of the RaboDirect Pro12 table - had boosted the mood around Scottish rugby.
Robinson said: "It's great to be back in camp and there's a real buzz among the players as we look forward to the England game. On behalf of the management, I'd like to congratulate Edinburgh Rugby on their qualification for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.
"It was a fine performance at Murrayfield. That achievement, and the league form of Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12, has certainly given a spring in the step of Scottish rugby and it's up to us now to keep that going."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"The most exciting games of recent years have been in European competition; let's not destroy it. " Tom May on the Heineken Cup and why it means so much to the players
After Sam Egerton became the first person to be red carded in the Varsity match, Scrum Sevens looks at other high-profile dismissals at Twickenham
Tom Hamilton pays a visit to Oxford University Women's Rugby Football Club who have recently made headlines across the world, from Tokyo to New York