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.
Thanks for all the messages. Gutted to be missing rest of 6 nations but excited bout watching what the boys can do in next 2 games
— John Hardie (@hardhorse44) February 28, 2017
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.