Scotland duo Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell have withdrawn from the squad forward of Saturday’s ultimate Guinness Six Nations match in opposition to Italy.
The influential pair went off within the closing levels of Sunday’s defeat by Ireland with ankle and knee accidents respectively and are returning to their golf equipment for therapy.
Edinburgh fly-half Charlie Savala has been referred to as in to the squad, whereas Josh Bayliss has returned to the group after being launched to play for Bath on the weekend.
It stays to be seen if Richie Gray can be match for this weekend’s match at BT Murrayfield. The 33-year-old lock was compelled off after simply six minutes on Sunday with suspected rib injury. He has remained with the squad in the meanwhile, elevating hopes that he could be obtainable to face Italy.
An announcement on Monday from Scottish Rugby learn: “Stuart Hogg sustained an ankle injury and will be unavailable for this weekend’s match against Italy. He will return to his club in due course for further management of this injury.
“Finn Russell suffered an injury to one of his knee ligaments. He will return to Racing 92 to continue his rehabilitation.
“Richie Gray sustained an injury during the Ireland match and will remain with the squad to be continued to be assessed by medics.”