Paterson set to miss rest of Six Nations
February 14, 2010
Thom Evans was stretchered from the field at the Millennium Stadium © Getty Images
Scotland's record caps holder Chris Paterson will miss the rest of the Six Nations after picking up a serious kidney injury during their thrilling 31-24 defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Paterson won his 100th cap in the game but was forced off before half-time, with Scotland doctor James Robson expecting 10-week layoff for the Edinburgh veteran. Winger Thom Evans is progressing well in hospital after undergoing surgery on a neck injury in the wake of the game and will hopefully return to Scotland with the Glasgow Warriors medical staff later in the week.
Robson confirmed that Evans' season is likely to be over following the surgery in an interview with BBC Sport and also that fullback Rory Lamont will meet surgeons in Edinburgh on Monday after picking up an injury to his medial knee ligaments. Lamont will also miss the remainder of the tournament, leaving Scotland's backline looking threadbare.
"The surgery that Thom required - having sustained damage to his neck - went well," Robson said. "Chris will also remain in hospital today after the damage he sustained to his right kidney. Fortunately he does not require surgery at present. In effect he has a massive bruise in the middle of his kidney but that will gradually repair itself and the medical team are also pleased with his progress.
"Thom had sustained slippage to one of the vertebrae and that required to be eased back into place. The surgeons are pleased with his progress, Thom has movement in his arms and legs and his family have been to visit him today, as have a number of his Glasgow Warriors team-mates.
"He will remain at the hospital today and if he continues to progress he will be allowed to travel back to Scotland into the care of the Glasgow Warriors medical team later this week."
They came to Murrayfield looking to put down a marker, but Scotland were sent home with their tails between their legs, writes Tristan Barclay