Scots Reeling after Townsend surgery
September 3, 1999
Scotland's chances of glory in the World Cup were dealt another blow yesterday as their inspirational flyhalf Gregor Townsend underwent arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome knee.
Townsend who injured the joint in a full contact training session the shock defeat by Argentina last month also missed the victory against Romania one-week later.
The knee has been slow to respond to treatment and Scottish officials may well rue the wasted time between the injury occurring and the belated scan and surgery to correct the problem.
There is a feeling that Townsend may well be forced to miss the crucial South Africa opener on October 3rd but should be fit for them much less difficult games against Spain and Uruguay.
This surgery has been kept under wraps by the SRU in an attempt to diffuse the inevitable media interest so close to the Cup.
It may yet leave a door open for the recall of veteran Craig Chalmers who was omitted from the final squad of thirty. However if the Scot's officials do replace Townsend, which they have the right to do under the tournament's legislation, they will forfeit the right to bring him back at a later stage; something they would be understandably reluctant to do.