Hamish Watson has been ruled out of the rest of the 2019 Rugby World Cup because of a knee injury suffered in Sunday’s defeat by Ireland.
One of the best No7s forced home.
The 27-year-old back-row will be replaced in the squad by Edinburgh club-mate Magnus Bradbury.
@Scotlandteam Hamish Watson in a ROM brace with knee slightly flexed. Very likely MCL injury. The MCL is on tension when knee is extended. Early protected position in 30 degrees flexion.— Rugby World Cup Physio (@RugbyWCPhysio) September 22, 2019
Grade 1: 1-3 weeks
Grade 2: 4-6 weeks
Grade 3: >6 weeks
MRI tonight or tomorrow pic.twitter.com/RCMr2bNEmS
Watson fell awkwardly after being cleared from a ruck and left the field on a stretcher just before half-time.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said: “We feel for Hamish, who had worked so hard for this opportunity.”
A scan after the game confirmed the damage to the knee was significant enough to mean Watson will play no further part in the tournament.