Scotland and Glasgow Warriors forward Moray Low will miss the start of the forthcoming Six Nations after suffering a serious knee injury.
Low was injured during Glasgow’s 16-14 loss to Scarlets in the RaboDirect PRO12 last weekend. On Wednesday, the Warriors confirmed the prop had suffered medial collateral ligament damage to his knee.
It is thought Low, who has scored two tries in the last two games, will be out for at least eight weeks. He will miss Glasgow’s important Heineken Cup double header against Leinster this weekend at Firhill and away to Bath on January 21.
Warriors head coach Sean Lineen said: “This is clearly very disappointing news for Moray. He’s an ambitious player who is extremely keen to achieve success with both Glasgow and Scotland, and the injury has come at a very unfortunate time.
“He’s a tough character, however, and I know he’ll work hard to bounce back strongly. In terms of his rehab, he’ll be in great hands with the medical and physio team we have here at the Warriors.”
Stand-off Ruaridh Jackson, who was also injured during the Scarlets match in Wales, is expected to recover soon and not experience any long term problems. Jackson hurt his leg while successfully kicking a penalty.
A Warriors spokesman said: “Ruaridh has reacted well to treatment since Saturday’s game and the Warriors medical team are happy with his progress. He will continue to be monitored closely in the lead-in to our Heineken Cup matches and, from Scotland’s perspective, for the RBS 6 Nations Championship.”
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson added: “We all wish Moray a speedy recovery. As far as Ruaridh is concerned we will be monitoring his progress closely before the players come into camp with us later this month.”
Low and Jackson were amongst 12 Warriors who were named in a provisional Scotland squad for the matches against England on February 4 and Wales on February 12. Three of them – Stuart Hogg, Duncan Weir and Robert Harley – could win their first cap if selected.
Meanwhile, forward James Eadie has signed a two year contract with the Warriors. The flanker has spent this season contracted to the Scotland 7s squad, and will play with the 7s until the end of the HSBC Sevens World Series, which comes to Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow for the first time on May 5 and 6.
The 26-year-old has already made 67 appearances for the Warriors since 2006. He told the club’s website: “I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to play a full role in the Warriors squad over the coming two campaigns.
“I love being part of the club and I’m massively excited about where it’s heading. The squad is growing in strength in depth all the time, the atmosphere around the place is first class, and I’m convinced we’re on the right road.
“It’s certainly the most excited I’ve been about Glasgow’s potential in the five and a bit years I’ve been here.”