Scotland lose Strokosch to injury
February 13, 2012
Alasdair Strokosch may miss the rest of the Six Nations © Getty Images
Scotland flanker Alasdair Strokosch could miss the remainder of the Six Nations after fracturing his hand in Sunday's loss to Wales.
The 28-year-old was examined by his club medical team at Gloucester on Monday, where the injury was confirmed. He is expected to miss four to six weeks of action.
Head coach Andy Robinson is also sweating over the fitness of winger Max Evans, who was forced from the field in Cardiff with an ankle problem. The Castres flyer is currently wearing a boot to protect the injury and will undergo a scan in Edinburgh.
"Max will be seen by the specialist ankle surgeon John McKinley at Spire Murrayfield Hospital and we will await a further update later this week," Scotland doctor James Robson said.
No.8 David Denton and prop Ed Kalman will also be monitored this week after complaining of foot and neck injuries respectively.
It has also been confirmed by Robinson that Scotland defence coach Graham Steadman will leave when his current contract expires at the end of this season, while speculation continues to rage around the future of attack specialist Gregor Townsend.
The Scottish record against France in Six Nations combat hardly inspires confidence. Scotland have triumphed just once in 12 meetings, winning 20-16 at Murrayfield in 2006, but the average Six Nations scoreline between the countries is 26-11 in France's favour.
Scotland, meanwhile, remain 11th in latest the International Rugby Board world rankings published yesterday, one place above Italy but eight adrift of France, six behind England, five lower than Wales and three behind Ireland.
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