Six Nations - Fears ease over Evans after surgery

Reuters - Sun, 14 Feb 21:26:00 2010

An operation on Scotland back Thom Evans who injured his neck in Saturday's Six Nations defeat against Wales "went well", Scotland team doctor James Robson said on Sunday.

RUGBY Scotland win Thom Evans is carried from the field during the Six Nations match against Wales at Murrayfield, Evans, 24, is suspected to have suffered a serious back injury - 0

However, both Evans and team mate Chris Paterson, who sustained kidney damage, will both remain in University Hospital in Cardiff, Robson said in a statement.

Evans, 24, underwent surgery after suffering the injury in the 31-24 loss after being carried from the Millennium Stadium pitch on a stretcher following lengthy treatment in the first half.

Paterson, who also went off injured during his 100th international appearance, could be out for 10 weeks but does not require surgery.

"The surgery that Thom required -- having sustained damage to his neck -- went well," Robson said.

"Thom had sustained slippage to one of the vertebrae and that required to be eased back into place.

"The surgeons are pleased with his progress, Thom has movement in his arms and legs and his family have been to visit him today, as have a number of his Glasgow Warriors team mates.

"He will remain at the hospital today and if he continues to progress he will be allowed to travel back to Scotland into the care of the Glasgow Warriors medical team later this week."

Robson said Paterson had "a massive bruise in the middle of his kidney" but it will "gradually repair itself."

Another Scotland back, Rory Lamont, will also be monitored by medical staff after suffering knee ligament damage in the match which Wales won after a storming late comeback.

Reuters

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