Stuart Hogg out but hooker news improves for Glasgow

Stuart Hogg in action against New Zealand. Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson

STUART HOGG will miss Glasgow’s Champions Cup match against Montpellier on Friday night and looks set to be ruled out of the return game in France eight days later. Fraser Brown is also out of this week’s Pool 3 match, but the good news is that the Warriors’ two other hookers who were injury worries, Pat MacArthur and George Turner, may both now be cleared to play.

Hogg is still suffering from the injury that saw him withdraw from the Scotland side less than an hour before their game against Australia. The other internationals who sat out last week’s PRO14 win over Cardiff should all be available this week, but there is still some uncertainty as to precisely when the full-back will play again.

“Obviously Stuart wasn’t in training due to his leg injury, but apart from Stuart everybody was back in,” Warriors assistant coach Kenny Murray said. “Stuart won’t be involved this week.



“We’re still assessing the injury in terms of how long he might be out. It might be a matter of weeks. The medics will see how he goes over the next week or two and see how he’s recovering, but he won’t be involved this week. See how he goes, but probably the likelihood [is] not the week after either.

“It’s a bit of a tear in his flexor. It started affecting him in the New Zealand game and he pulled up before the Australia game. It’s a bit unlucky for him.”

Head coach Dave Rennie explained after Friday night’s win that as things stood only one hooker, James Malcolm, would definitely be fit to play against Montpellier. Three days later, as Murray explained, that position has improved significantly.

“Pat trained today – he was doing pretty much 80 per cent training. He was in a pretty good place: we just need to see how he gets on contact-wise. When he did the injury it was when he was getting over ball, so we need to see how he is in that position. But in terms of return to play he’s passed Stage 1.

“George Turner got a bang in the neck from that tackle [the one that saw Blues prop Taufa’ao Filise red-carded]. Again he’s doing pretty well and should be OK for the weekend.

“Fraser  won’t be involved this week. He’ll start his protocol at the start of next week with a view to being available the following week.

“It’s just because he’s had a few head knocks in a certain window of a certain period of time and we just need to manage it more than if it was just a one-off. Fraser being Fraser he’s raring to go and buzzing to play, but we just need to follow the protocols. He’s doing a bit of cycling this week and he’ll do his return to play next week.

“After the knock to George and Pat coming off we were under a bit of pressure. But at the moment all three of them [that is, James Malcolm as well] are on track to potentially be fit.”

Filise now faces a disciplinary panel on Wednesday. Having lost their first two European pool games, the Warriors need to win all four of their remaining matches, probably with bonus points, to have a chance of reaching the quarter-finals for the second season running.

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Stuart Bathgate
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Stuart has been the rugby correspondent for both The Scotsman and The Herald, and was also The Scotsman’s chief sports writer for 14 years from 2000. He first played rugby in 1972, in the second row of the George Watson’s College 17th XV. He impressed his coach so much that he was soon making his debut for the 18ths.