Six Nations: Rory Lamont facing four months on sidelines

Lamont was stretchered off with Scotland 10-7 down at Murrayfield
Lamont was stretchered off with Scotland 10-7 ahead at Murrayfield

Scotland winger Rory Lamont is facing three to four months of rehabilitation after breaking his leg.

Lamont sustained a fractured fibula in Sunday's Six Nations loss to France and was subsequently operated on at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

"Rory is comfortable," said Scotland team doctor James Robson.

"His convalescence will get under way at once. Injuries of this nature require typically three to four months of rehabilitation."

The 29-year-old required oxygen treatment at Murrayfield and was stretchered off after 30 minutes when his lower leg twisted awkwardly.

In addition to Lamont's misfortune, Scotland saw two other players depart with injuries.

Scrum-half Mike Blair was forced off with a dead leg, while fly-half Greig Laidlaw suffered concussion.

Laidlaw will now be subject to 'return to play protocols' which could make him doubtful for Scotland's next game against Ireland in Dublin on 10 March.

Centre Graeme Morrison also requires further assessment on a knee injury, while lock Richie Gray and flanker John Barclay suffered dead legs, lock Jim Hamilton leg bruising, while Lamont's brother Sean suffered an abrasion to his right eye.

Scotland were leading 10-7 when Rory Lamont came off worse after competing with Louis Picamoles for the restart kick following Wesley Fofana's try for France.

Play was delayed for around five minutes while the Glasgow player was treated and then carried off, while Blair - who had injected energy into Scotland's early endeavours - also departed at the same time.

Lamont, who has won 29 caps, made a try-scoring debut for Scotland against Wales in 2005, but his career has been blighted by injuries.

He underwent eight operations in six years up until 2009, the year he was forced to miss the entire Six Nations after suffering ankle ligament damage while playing for Sale in a Heineken Cup game in late 2008.

At the time he said he believed his abrasive style of play made him more susceptible to injuries.

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