Scotland full back Stuart Hogg has undergone ankle surgery which could rule him out for up to 12 weeks.
The British and Irish star picked up the injury during the opening exchanges of Glasgow Warriors victory over Munster a fortnight ago. The fullback remained in the game until the closing stages against the Irish side.
When asked post-match regarding the nature of Hogg’s possible injury against their Guinness Pro14 confrence a rivals, Warriors head coach Dave Rennie said at the time: “It’s nothing major and we expect him to be ready to go next week.”
Hogg travelled with the rest of his teammates to South Africa last week for the back-to-back matches against the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings.
After missing out in Saturday’s victory over the Cheetahs Hogg was expected to feature this weekend against the Kings, but returned early to Scotland further assesment on the injury, which revealed the 26-year old required ankle surgery. The surgery was conducted carried out at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow on Thursday.
Hogg said on the surgery: “I’m gutted to be missing some important games for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland over the next few months. My focus just now is working hard and getting fit, so I can play my part in what is a long season.
I’d like to thank the medical staff at Glasgow Warriors and BMI Ross Hall Hospital for all their care and support.”
Rennie, added: “Hoggy injured his ankle in the game against Munster and then flew to South Africa with the squad for our Guinness PRO14 matches against the Cheetahs and the Kings.
He didn’t train over here as it often takes a few days for the swelling to go down and he returned home when we realised it was more serious than we thought.
“It’s frustrating for him. He got himself in extremely good nick for the start of the season and was arguably one of the best players on the park in the opening two games. But it’s a long old season, he’s a resilient man and we’re looking forward to seeing him back out there soon.”
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