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July 27, 2010

Posted on 07/27/2010

Beattie may face six months on sidelines

Glasgow are paying a heavy price for success after confirming Scotland No.8 Johnnie Beattie will be out for up to six months due to a shoulder injury. The Scotsman's David Ferguson reports.

"Beattie was one of a large number of Glasgow players who pushed their way into Andy Robinson's international plans last season, a reflection of a Warriors improvement that also took the team into the inaugural Magners League play-offs. The cost, however, has been that a host of Sean Lineen's players have struggled to recover from the toll exacted on their bodies through a season that began last June and ended with an intense RBS Six Nations Championship, league run-in and June tour schedule.

"Beattie has been battling a shoulder problem for some time and it has been decided that he must now undergo an operation to give him a chance of being fully fit for next year's World Cup in New Zealand. While he remains hopeful of being back in full training before the autumn Tests, he has been told his recovery period could be as long as six months.

"Beattie is almost certain to miss the November Tests with New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa and will face a race to regain his match fitness and form for the 2011 Six Nations."

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