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Thom Evans to have second operation on his injured neck


Evans' season is over - Robson

Thom Evans will have a second operation on the neck injury he sustained in Scotland's Six Nations defeat by Wales last Saturday.

The 24-year-old winger could have had the surgery at a later date, but has chosen to undergo the procedure to further stabilise his neck.

Full-back Chris Paterson, who sustained kidney bruising, hopes to leave hospital in Cardiff by Wednesday.

Winger Rory Lamont is awaiting results of a scan on his medial ligament.

The trio were injured during Scotland's crushing 31-24 defeat at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and will miss the rest of the Six Nations campaign.

Evans underwent neck surgery after being stretchered off the pitch and the same surgeons who performed the first operation will carry out the second procedure.

Paterson left his own ward at University Hospital Cardiff to visit Evans and medical staff say the pair are in "good spirits".

Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "Thom has been heartened by the many messages of support he has received from around the world.

"The surgeons are delighted with his progress.

"He's decided to go ahead with the procedure now and that should help with the whole recovery process.

"Once he has settled from this procedure the expectation would be that he will be allowed to return home."

He will be out for a while, but his health is the most important thing

Edinburgh chief executive Nic Cartwright on Chris Paterson

And Robson added that Paterson, Scotland's record points scorer, is also making good progress.

"He is hopeful of being released from hospital either later today or tomorrow. Then he would remain in Cardiff for a few days' rest before travelling home with his wife," he said.

Nic Cartwright, Edinburgh chief executive, said: "Saturday was a major disappointment for Chris and I'm sure he didn't want his 100th game for Scotland to end that way because of injury.

"We are pleased that he's OK and getting better. He will be out for a while, but his health is the most important thing."

Scotland conceded 17 points in the last five minutes of an incredible match as they buckled under intense Welsh pressure.

But thoughts quickly turned to Evans, whose injury was sustained in a sickening first-half collision with Wales' Lee Byrne and which was immediately described by coach Andy Robinson as "very serious".

Robson said on Sunday that the injury would end Evans's season but pointed out that many players had recovered from such injuries to resume their playing careers.

Evans sustained slippage to one of the vertebrae that, according to Robson, "required to be eased back into place".

The Glasgow Warriors player has movement in his arms and legs.

Robinson anger at second sin-binning

Evans and Paterson have received thousands of messages of support throughout the week, and the winger will soon receive one such message from Wales squad member and Newport Gwent Dragons star Dan Lydiate, who suffered a serious neck injury early in his career.

Lydiate, 22, said: "I'm not a friend of his, but I'm going to see if I can send him a Facebook message or something like that, just to wish him all the best and hopefully he'll come through all right."

Evans is a cousin of DJ Chris Evans and the Radio 2 Breakfast Show host was at the game and wrote of the incident on his official Twitter account.

"Met some of the guys that played today, they said that a great game for them was overshadowed by Thom's injury," he said. "The rugby world as one always."

Lamont will be re-assessed in light of the results of his scan later this week.

Scotland had led 24-14 against an error-strewn Wales side until they were reduced to 14 men by a yellow card to front row Scott Lawson.

Leigh Halfpenny touched down for a converted try and Stephen Jones kicked a penalty to bring Wales level before winger Shane Williams went over from the final move of the match to earn the home side a first win in this season's tournament.

The Scots finished with 13 men, with replacement Phil Godman sin-binned after being yellow carded for a try-saving foul in the build-up to the final score.

Heartbroken Parks fumes at 'injustice'

Robinson said he agreed with Lawson's yellow card but questioned the decision against Godman for what the referee ruled was a cynical trip.

"I've no doubt it wasn't a penalty," Robinson said, "Phil Godman's jumped up for the ball. It's not a trip."

Robinson then said his players had "committed suicide" by not going straight for touch from the kick-off with the time at 80 minutes after Jones' score-tying penalty.

"The guys still felt they could have gone for the victory, but with the numbers down it was difficult," Robinson said. "If they kick straight out, the game was over."

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