Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has given Scotland a massive boost before next month’s Six Nations by saying that he hopes to return to action in the next couple of weeks.
The 55-times capped star, one of the world’s best full-backs, injured his hip in the warm up to Scotland’s record-breaking 53-24 win over Australia in November but has now nearly recovered.
Hogg’s return would be a huge lift for Gregor Townsend as he takes charge of his first Six Nations campaign with the Scots kicking off their tournament with a tricky away clash against Wales in Cardiff on February 3rd.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live’s Rugby Union Weekly programme, the 26 year-old said,
“Hopefully I’ll be back on the pitch in the next couple of weeks and ready to rock and roll again. We’re getting there now”.
Before going on to explain how exactly he suffered the injury,
“I actually did it midweek. The place we train for Scotland, you’ve got about five metres between the try-line and a brick wall, and I’d been running full pelt to score a try and then had to stop suddenly, and I think I pulled it.
“In the warm-up, I kicked the ball and I felt as If someone had stabbed me in my hip. It was a bit frustrating because I was just coming back from a long-term shoulder injury, I was feeling good, starting to get a little bit of form back and had to start back at square one”.
After an impressive 2017 which saw them beat Ireland and Wales as well as Italy (and finish in fourth place in the Six Nations-their highest finish for quite some time), enjoy wins over Australia in the summer and autumn, as well as pushing the All Blacks all the way, Scotland go into this year’s tournament on a high.
With their exciting, high-tempo, ball in hand game, Scotland have what it takes to enjoy a fine tournament and improve on last year’s fourth-place finish.