Ford should be ready for Wales

In spite of sustaining a facial injury which required multiple stitches, hooker Ross Ford should recover in time for Scotland’s next outing in the RBS 6 Nations Championship – against Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday week.

Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), who was winning his 66th cap, retired early in the second-half of yesterday’s 12-8 victory over Ireland at Murrayfield. Scotland team doctor James Robson said today: “Fordy suffered severe facial lacerations, we believe as a result of a collision or collisions."

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“Ross was treated at Murrayfield, then one of our match-day doctors, Gerry Haggerty, took him to St John’s Hospital in Livingston, where he was cared for by one of their plastic surgery specialists.

“He received multiple stitches to the wound and was able to return to the team hotel last night.

“Our expectation is that with ongoing good care and attention to the wound.

Ross should be available for consideration for the Scotland v Wales game.

The Scotland medical staff, Dr Robson and physiotherapists Paul McGinley and Stephen Mutch, will continue to assess the remainder of the squad over the next 24 hours.

However Dr Robson added: “Despite the rigours of yesterday’s Test match, the rest of the squad appears in rude health today. As usual, they will continue to be medically monitored over the next few days.”