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Last Updated: Friday, 12 September, 2003, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
Townsend set for World Cup
Townsend in action against Italy
Gregor Townsend is vastly experienced
Scotland stand-off Gregor Townsend should be back in action in time for the World Cup in Australia next month.

The Borders player, who was won 77 caps for his country, twisted his knee and Murrayfield medical staff immediately sent him to a an orthopaedic surgeon for a specialist opinion.

Townsend subsequently underwent keyhole surgery in a bid to cure the problem.

He has now started a programme of rehabilitation with team physiotherapist Stuart Barton and his progress will be monitored.

Scotland team manager Dougie Morgan said: "We are pleased with Gregor's progress and are confident that there's no threat to his participation in the World Cup."

However, Scotland have injury worries over lock Scott Murray and props Tom Smith and Bruce Douglas. All, however, are expected to be fit in time for the trip to Australia.

Scotland begin their World Cup campaign against Japan in Townsville on 12 October.

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