Hogg injury: 'It is news to me'
INJURY UPDATE: Scotland coach Gregor Townsend was taken aback by suggestions that star player Stuart Hogg has been ruled out for the rest of the Six Nation.
Townsend said he is keeping his fingers crossed for good news as Hogg prepares to see a specialist about his injured shoulder.
The Scottish star was forced off just 17 minutes into last Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Ireland following a collision with Peter O’Mahoney.
Reports claimed Hogg’s injury might now force him out of the final three fixtures – against France, Wales and England and potentially his final six months with Glasgow before making a switch to Exeter in the off-season.
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But Townsend says he will wait to hear from a medical expert set to examine Hogg on Wednesday, before making a final call on his participation in the rest of competition.
“Well it’s news to me that he’s out for the Six Nations as we’re still waiting to see how he recovers,” said Townsend.
“He’s about to see a specialist later today (Wednesday) so we’ll know more about his chances of playing over the next few weeks after that.
“I’m very hopeful that he’ll get good news and that he’ll be available to play some part in the Six Nations.”
Sources: Press Association Sport & RugbyPass