Full-back Stuart Hogg has been ruled out of the remainder of Six Nations campaign for Scotland following his latest injury setback.
The 26-year-old suffered a shoulder injury during the second round clash against Ireland last weekend at Murrayfield Stadium where he featured for just 16 minutes following a tackle from Peter O'Mahony.
Hogg will consult a specialist on the injury and might require a surgery that will keep him on the sidelines for a lengthy period.
Blair Kinghorn, who scored a hat-trick in the tournament opening win against Italy is set to replace Hogg when they line-up against France in Paris on 23rd February.
"Blair obviously had a great game against Italy," Townsend said. '
"He backed that up with his first touch as he got through the Ireland defence on Saturday and was heavily involved in the second half".
Scotland are currently at the third place in the table with a win and a defeat apiece from the two games played until now.