Richie Vernon: Glasgow Warriors centre faces up to nine months out
Glasgow Warriors centre Richie Vernon faces up to nine months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on an Achilles tendon injury.
The 29-year-old, who has won 24 Scotland caps, sustained the damage in the 47-17 thrashing of the Dragons earlier this month.
Vernon had returned from a 14-month lay-off in February, having struggled to overcome a shoulder problem.
The converted back-row is out of contract at the end of the season.
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "We're disappointed for Richie that he faces another spell on the sidelines, not long after he'd worked hard to get back to full fitness.
"The surgery was a success and we wish him all the best with his rehab."