Eurosport - Tue, 16 Feb 17:33:00 2010
The Scottish Rugby Union have confirmed that Thom Evans will have an 'optional' second operation on a neck injury suffered playing against Wales in the Six Nations last weekend.
Evans (pictured) had to be stretchered off the field during Scotland's 31-24 defeat at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday and underwent successful surgery on his vetebrae later that evening.
The 24-year-old has remained in University Hospital in Cardiff and will have a second operation later this week.
"The surgeons are delighted with his progress," Scotland team doctor James Robson said in a statement.
"Thom and his mum met with the surgeons last night and Thom has opted to undergo a further procedure later this week, which will enhance the surgery that has already taken place and provide further stabilisation to his neck.
"This procedure is optional and Thom could have decided to have it done at a later point, or not at all. He's decided to go ahead now and that should help with the whole recovery process.
"The same surgeons who performed the initial operation will undertake this procedure. Once he has settled from this procedure the expectation would be that he will be allowed to return home."
Robson also confirmed that Chris Paterson was recovering well in the same hospital from a kidney injury suffered in the same match, the full-back's 100th for Scotland.
"Chris Paterson is continuing to make a good recovery from the injury he sustained to his kidney," Robson added.
"He is hopeful of being released from hospital either later today or tomorrow. Then he would remain in Cardiff for a few days' rest before travelling home with his wife."
Evans and Paterson have been ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations, along with fellow back Rory Lamont, who sustained knee ligament damage against Wales.