Scotland are likely to miss the services of Glasgow Warriors lock Scott Cummings for the upcoming autumn international campaign following a ligament damage on his thumb.
The 24-year-old sustained the blow during Glasgow's second round of the United Rugby Championship game against Cell C Sharks at Scotstoun Stadium which they went on to win 35-24.
The news was confirmed by Glasgow head coach Danny Wilson ahead of the third round game against Emirates Lions to be played on Saturday.
“For Scott, for Glasgow and for Scotland it’s a blow that he’ll be out for a period of time. But that’s the game. It’s a short-term injury really, but long enough that it will have an impact," said Wilson.
“It’s unfortunate because I thought he was playing well, getting back to some really good form. He’s had surgery and starts the recovery process now so he’ll work hard to get himself back.”
Cummings made his international debut for Scotland in 2019 during the game against France and was part of their World Cup campaign in Japan. Overall, he has featured in 20 Tests for the Dark Blues and missed the final two games of the Six Nations earlier in the year due to a hand injury.
Scotland will be facing Tonga, Australia, South Africa and Japan in their autumn international series with BT Murrayfield Stadium hosting all the matches.