2012 Six Nations Rugby: Scotland Loses Strokosch 4-6 Weeks to Broken Hand

Alex GuyCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2012

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 12:  Rhys Priestland of Wales kicks the ball under pressure from Alasdair Strokosch of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at the Millenium Stadium on February 12, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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As if the loss to Wales on Sunday wasn't enough, Scotland will now have to continue their Six Nations campaign without Alasdair Strokosch. Scotland's starting flanker sustained a broken hand in yesterday's defeat in Millennium Stadium and according to team doctor James Robson will miss four to six weeks.

The 29-year-old Strokosch has 24 caps for Scotland and has been an important element of the Scottish forward corps. Strokosch's injury also comes as Robson and the rest of the team await the status of winger Max Evans who left Sunday's match with an apparent ankle problem.

Evans was replaced by Stuart Hogg, the youngest Scottish player to earn a cap in 40 years, and Hogg went on to have an impressive international debut. Robson stated that Evans will be seeing a specialist and his status will be reevaluated later in the week. The good news for both Scotland and Evans is that the team has a fortnight before their next match against France at Murrayfield.

Robson will also monitor David Denton's foot injury along with the neck of Ed Kalman, who also earned his first cap on Sunday.

Strokosch and Evans join the list of notable Scottish players to go down with injuries in the past few months. Joe Ansbro, Moray Low and Kelly Brown have each missed the first two contests of the 2012 RBS Six Nations Championship.

Ruaridh Jackson has also been absent from Andy Robinson's first XV against England and Wales, but the 24-year-old stand-off played well last week for Glasgow Warriors and it is hoped he will be available for the team's February 26th matchup with France.