PA Sport - Mon, 15 Feb 16:47:00 2010
Coach Andy Robinson faces a Herculean task to rebuild Scotland's Six Nations campaign following the shattering loss of three key players.
Scotland will head to Rome - scene of their last Six Nations away win almost four years ago - next week without the entire back-three unit that started Saturday's dramatic 31-24 loss against
Wing Thom Evans remains in a Cardiff hospital after undergoing neck surgery, where full-back Chris Paterson joined him on Saturday night due to kidney damage. And Scotland team doctor James Robson has confirmed that wing Rory Lamont's knee ligament injury means he will follow Evans and Paterson in missing the rest of this season's tournament.
"Thom appeared to be tackled from behind with his arms pinned and went into Lee Byrne and had a forced movement to his neck," Scotland team doctor James Robson told BBC Scotland.
"Remarkably, we will see Thom up and about in a couple of weeks and then it will be a long period of rest and recuperation, but that is the end of his season."
The sport, meanwhile, has rallied around Evans.
"Our thoughts are with him," said Wales centre James Hook. "We wish him all the best and hope he makes a quick recovery. He is a superb player."
Robson, meanwhile, confirmed Edinburgh star Paterson, Scotland's record point scorer, will be out of the game for up to 10 weeks after his 100th Test appearance ended in agony.
He said: "Chris sustained a giant bruise inside his kidney, but the surgeons expect it to recover naturally and he should be out of hospital (on Monday). Chris should be fine, he is expected to be missing for around eight to 10 weeks."
Toulon back Lamont suffered medial ligament damage, and Robson added: "Rory will be seen by a surgeon in Edinburgh. Hopefully, he will just need a period of rehabilitation, but sadly, again, he is another who will be missing from the Six Nations."