Glasgow Warriors have suffered a major injury blow ahead of their Champions Cup double-header with Top 14 leaders Montpellier this weekend with the news that star full-back Stuart Hogg will not be available.
The 25-year-old has been sidelined with a hip injury since Scotland’s famous victory over Australia last month and it has been confirmed that the British and Irish Lion has suffered a hip flexor tear, thus ruling him out of both the home and away fixtures with the French side.
Reported by the Scotsman, Glasgow assistant-coach Kenny Murray confirmed Hogg’s absence from the side to face Vern Cotter’s side.
“Stuart won’t be involved this week. Obviously, we are still assessing the injury in terms of how long he might be out. It might be a matter of weeks. It’s just one of these things.”
With the Six Nations looming in the not too distant future, Murray is hopeful the electric fullback will return to action before Scotland’s opener with Wales in February.
“Yeah that’s definitely what we’re hoping. The medics will see how he goes over the next week or two and see how he’s recovering but he won’t be involved this week. We’ll see how he goes but probably the likelihood not the week after either.”
News of Hogg’s omission will come as a blow to the in-form Glasgow side as they will need to be in top form for the visit of Montpellier. The French side current sits at the summit of the Top 14 table and have shown all the signs of a side ready to take on the best in Europe this term.
While Glasgow fans will lament the absence of the influential back, Scotland fans will be watching his recovery carefully, hoping that he is back to full fitness ahead of their Six Nations opener on February 3rd.