No surgery required for Paterson
November 16, 2008
Paterson and Thom Evans gang up on South Africa's Conrad Jantjes at Murrayfield © Getty Images
Scotland full-back Chris Paterson has not yet been ruled out of Saturday's final autumn international against Canada, despite the facial injury which forced him off during the defeat to South Africa.
Paterson left the field in the early stages of yesterday's 14-10 loss at Murrayfield with a suspected fractured left cheekbone. The withdrawal of Scotland's most capped player and record points scorer cost the home side dear as four penalties were squandered which would have secured a famous win.
Paterson may yet be available for next weekend's game at Pittodrie, the home of Aberdeen FC. Scotland team doctor James Robson said today: "Chris was seen by a specialist facial consultant, Ed Larkins at the Spire Murrayfield hospital last night, where he had preliminary investigations to the blow he took to his left cheek.
"These initial investigations have indicated that no surgery will be required. Chris will undergo further assessment on Wednesday (allowing the swelling to recede) to exclude a possible hairline fracture."
The other main injury concern from yesterday's intense encounter was wing Thom Evans, who had extensive bruising to his left leg and right arm. Stand-off Phil Godman required stitches in two separate cuts to his forehead and number eight Allister Hogg had nine stitches inserted in a cut above his right eye.
Flanker Jason White may be an initial absentee when training resumes tomorrow as he shakes off a blow to the neck. A number of other players had strains, bumps and bruises but none were regarded as a major concern today.
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