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Evans prognosis positive as Scots count cost of Welsh tie

Thom Evans and Chris Paterson's club sides have added their names to a long list of well-wishers following the news both players will miss the rest of Scotland's RBS 6 Nations campaign.

Glasgow wing Evans and Edinburgh full-back Paterson were taken to a Cardiff hospital after suffering serious injuries in their country's dramatic 31-24 defeat by Wales on Saturday.

It was confirmed yesterday Evans, 24, would undergo a second operation on his neck. Paterson suffered a kidney problem that was expected to sideline him for eight to 10 weeks.

Glasgow chief executive Kenny Baillie said: "I was worried when Thom was taken from the field on Saturday, but we are all delighted that he is improving and in good spirits.

"Everyone at the Warriors looks forward to seeing Thom back in Glasgow soon."

Edinburgh counterpart Nic Cartwright added: "We are pleased that (Paterson) is okay and getting better. He will be out for a while, but his health is the most important thing."

Scotland team doctor James Robson has already ruled Evans out for the rest of the season but has played down fears his career might be under threat.

Robson said: "The surgeons are delighted with his progress.

"Thom has opted to undergo a further procedure later this week.

"This procedure is optional and Thom could have decided to have it done at a later point, or not at all. He's decided to go ahead now and that should help with the whole recovery process."