Injury boost for Scots
Scrum-half crisis starting to ease
Last Updated: October 28, 2008 5:26pm
Lawson: rib cartilage injury
Scotland have been given positive news on injured scrum-half duo Rory Lawson and Mark McMillan.
"He had a scan and that showed he did have some damage to his rib cartilage area, though the injury does not seem to be as bad as first feared."
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Head coach Frank Hadden was facing a potential headache for the autumn internationals, with three of his possible number nines sidelined.
Perpignan's Chris Cusiter had already been ruled out with a fractured thumb, while Gloucester's Lawson was a doubt after suffering a rib cartilage injury.
Glasgow's McMillan was drafted in as cover for the current warm-weather camp in Spain, but hurt his shoulder and hip during a training session on Monday.
Despite being forced to miss this week's La Manga trip, Lawson's injury is not as bad as first feared, while McMillan could resume training by Friday.
"Rory was seen today by a specialist," said team doctor James Robson.
"He had a scan and that showed he did have some damage to his rib cartilage area, though the injury does not seem to be as bad as first feared.
"Rory will be re-assessed on Thursday."
On McMillan, Robson added: "We hope Mark will be able to progress to the extent he may be able to resume training before the end of the week."
Hadden will be hoping both recover in time for the November Tests against New Zealand, South Africa and Canada, even though captain Mike Blair is his undisputed first-choice scrum-half.