Glasgow Warriors prop Jon Welsh has undergone successful surgery on the shoulder injury that forced him to return early from Scotland’s summer tour.
The 25-year-old was operated on by Miss Julie McBirnie, a shoulder specialist at Spire Murrayfield Hospital, and has now begun his rehabilitation under the care of the Warriors medical team.
Welsh is expected to be unavailable for selection for a minimum of six months.
Head coach Gregor Townsend told www.glasgowwarriors.org: “It’s clearly disappointing for Jon and the club as a whole that he will miss a substantial amount of rugby in the first part of the season.
“He will receive excellent care and attention from our medical team as he recovers from the injury, and we look forward to welcoming him back to the fray in due course.
“On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to wish Jon all the best with his rehabilitation. He’s a positive character, which will stand him in good stead for the challenges ahead.”
It’s a big blow for Glasgow and Scotland, and puts a fair amount of pressure on Ryan Grant to stay healthy and in form after an impressive tour Down Under. Needless to say, Chunk would do a job, but only recently have genuine challengers emerged for his shirt and it would be good to see that continue.