Glasgow Warriors and Scotland have been dealt a blow as Rory Darge has been ruled out until next year after undergoing ankle surgery.
The flanker sustained the injury during the Warriors 52-24 win over Cardiff Blues on Friday.
He’ll now miss Scotland’s Autumn Tests but it’s not yet known if he’ll be fit for selection when Gregor Townsend names his squad for the Six Nations.
A Warriors statement read: “Rory Darge received surgery following the ankle injury sustained in the early stages of the match against Cardiff Rugby on Friday night.
“The surgery was successful and Darge will now begin rehabilitation that will see him out of action for several months.”
Darge had injured himself in the ruck during the match against Cardiff and immediately signalled for help. He underwent lengthy treatment on the pitch and was given oxygen before being stretchered off.
Glasgow coach Franco Smith said at the time: “I’m devastated for Rory. He’s a top player. It was an ankle injury and he will likely be operated on in the morning.
“It was a dislocation of the ankle. It’s not a season-ending injury, but I don’t want to put an exact timeline on when he will be back.”