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Scotland Suffer Another Injury Blow As John Hardie Ruled Out Of Six Nations

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 05: John Hardie runs with the ball during the Scotland captain's run at Murrayfield Stadium on February 5, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

New Zealand-born back-rower John Hardie will miss the remainder of  Scotland’s Six Nations with a knee injury.

The former Highlander left the field of play on the 28th minute in Murrayfield during Scotland’s 29-13 victory over Wales.

The Scottish medical team have confirmed that the 28-year-old damaged his MCL (medial collateral ligament) and is expected to be unavailable to play for several weeks, ruling him out from any further part in Vern Cotter’s plans.

The Edinburgh openside has been unlucky with injury thus far in this year’s Six Nations. Hardie, who came on as a replacement for John Barclay at the Stade de France in round two, only managed to stay on the field for five minutes before being removed with a head injury.

Glasgow winger Tommy Seymour took a knock during Scotland’s first victory over Wales since 2007 but is not a major concern ahead of the England game.

Hardie joins Alasdair Dickinson, WP Nel, Sean Maitland, Duncan Taylor, captain Greig Laidlaw and Josh Strauss on Scotland’s injury list.

Although Hardie’s absence is a blow for Scotland, his loss will be softened by the impressive form of Hamish Watson, who has been a standout performer for Vern Cotter’s side thus far.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.