Mark Bennett is the latest Scotland international to undergo surgery that rules him out of the rest of this season, including Glasgow’s Guinness PRO12 play-off bid, writes Steve Scott.
The 22-year-old, who was one of the few bright spots for the national team through a dismal RBS 6 Nations campaign, is the third frontline Scotland back to have surgery on a shoulder problem in the last month, following Sean Maitland and Matt Scott.
Bennett’s injury actually occurred during the 6 Nations, but it had been hoped he’d be able to complete the season with the problem managed, until it was aggravated prior to Glasgow’s meeting with Cardiff last week.
An MRI scan determined that surgery was required, and it was undertaken to give the player suitable rehabilitation time before the Rugby World Cup campaign begins with summer warm-up matches.
Glasgow also announced that Canadian wing DTH van der Merwe has undergone surgery on a hand injury he sustained during the Cardiff match, but it is hoped he will be able to return before the end of the season.
The wing, Glasgow’s all-time record try-scorer, will be leaving the Warriors in the summer to join Scarlets.