Lamont Recovering But Will Miss Italy Match

Rory Lamont, the 25-year-old Scotland back, will miss Saturday's final RBS 6 Nations Championship match against Italy in Rome after the head injury he sustained in yesterday's Calcutta Cup victory. Lamont was stretchered off in the first-half of the Murrayfield clash with England. He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as a precaution for further checks and discharged into the care of the Scotland medical team at the squad's Edinburgh hotel last night.

Rory Lamont, the 25-year-old Scotland back, will miss Saturday's final RBS 6 Nations Championship match against Italy in Rome after the head injury he sustained in yesterday's Calcutta Cup victory.

Lamont was stretchered off in the first-half of the Murrayfield clash with England. He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as a precaution for further checks and discharged into the care of the Scotland medical team at the squad's Edinburgh hotel last night.

Today team doctor James Robson said: "Rory has made good progress from his concussion, however scans have revealed he does have a facial fracture which will require further expert opinion and probable surgery."

Lamont will undergo further assessment tomorrow. Robson added that the injury appears to be similar to that which Chris Paterson suffered against Samoa during Scotland's Australasian tour four years ago.

Meanwhile, Scotland hooker Ross Ford is also set to miss Saturday's encounter at the Stadio Flaminio.

Dr Robson said: _x001C_Ross sustained damage to his right ankle ligaments during the first-half. He will require further assessment tomorrow but, at this stage, he is unlikely to be available for selection for this week._x001D_

A number of other Scotland players have what Dr Robson described as the _x001C_usual bumps and bruises from a full-on Test match_x001D_ including Nikki Walker (ankle), Hugo Southwell (jaw) and Chris Paterson (arm). All will be assessed when the Scotland squad reconvene tomorrow but, at this juncture, none is giving any concern for the Italian match.