Clubs back injured duo
Evans and Paterson gain support from sides
Last Updated: 17/02/10 10:27am
Evans: horrific injury against Wales
Thom Evans and Chris Paterson's club sides have added their names to a long list of well-wishers following the news both players will miss the rest of Scotland's RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Glasgow wing Evans and Edinburgh full-back Paterson were taken to a Cardiff hospital after suffering serious injuries in their country's dramatic 31-24 defeat to Wales on Saturday.
Evans will undergo a second operation on his neck, which he damaged colliding with Wales full-back Lee Byrne at the Millennium Stadium.
Paterson, who became the first Scot to earn 100 caps during the same game, suffered a kidney problem that is expected to sideline him for eight to 10 weeks.
Glasgow chief executive Kenny Baillie said: "Like all rugby supporters, I was worried when Thom was taken from the field on Saturday, but we are all delighted that he is improving and in good spirits.
"A large number of messages of support for Thom have been sent to the Warriors over the last 48 hours and I would like to thank everyone who has taken time to call and write in.
"Everyone at the Warriors and Scottish Rugby looks forward to seeing Thom back in Glasgow soon and we will be giving both Thom and his brother Max full support over the next few weeks."
Edinburgh counterpart Nic Cartwright added: "Saturday was a major disappointment for Chris and I'm sure he didn't want his 100th game for Scotland to end that way because of injury.
"We are pleased that he's okay and getting better. He will be out for a while, but his health is the most important thing."
Scotland team doctor James Robson has already ruled Evans out for the rest of the season but has played down fears his career might be under threat.
He said: "Thom has been heartened by the many messages of support he has received from around the world. The surgeons are delighted with his progress.
"Thom has opted to undergo a further procedure later this week, which will enhance the surgery that has already taken place and provide further stabilisation to his neck."
Rory Lamont's tournament is also over after he damaged ankle ligaments against Wales.
He has been seen by orthopaedic surgeon Graham Lawson to assess his injury and has undergone a scan at Spire Murrayfield Hospital. He will be re-assessed in light of the results later this week.