Alex Dunbar out for six weeks at least

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ALEX DUNBAR has been ruled out of action for at least six weeks after undergoing surgery on a knee injury picked up during Glasgow Warriors’ victory over Cardiff Blues earlier this month. This means that the 27-year-old is almost certain to miss Scotland’s Autumn Test series, which kicks-off against Samoa on 11th November, followed by New Zealand and Australia on consecutive Saturdays.

Even if Dunbar’s knee injury heals in six weeks from today [Monday], that would leave him less than a six days to get match fit.

In terms of Scotland’s options at centre during the November schedule: Duncan Taylor played a full 80 minutes for Saracens at the weekend, but Matt Scott was not in action after being helped from the field during Gloucester’s match against Leicester Tigers the week before.

“We are waiting for the results from that and hopefully it won’t be a three or four-month thing and just a couple of weeks,” said Gloucester head coach Johan Acekrmann early last week.

Glasgow Warriors duo Peter Horne and Nick Grigg started in the 12 and 13 shirts respectively for Glasgow Warriros in an emphatic victory over Munster on Friday night; while Huw Jones is due to arrive at Scotstoun from South Africa in the next couple of weeks and is close to a comeback after six months out with a hamstring tear suffered against Italy during the Six Nations.

Mark Bennett, now of Edinburgh, is on the long term injury list.

Warriors also announced last night that loose-head prop Oli Kebble is going to be out of action for 10-12 weeks, although he does not require surgery on a foot injury sustained on his home debut against the Ospreys.

Ryan Grant – who earned 25 caps for Scotland out of the club between 2012 and 2015 and toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 2013 – has been back training at Scotstun in recent weeks as he tries to resurrect his career after a miserable couple of seasons, and will be hoping to fill the gap created by Kebble’s absence.

Hooker Fraser Brown (ankle) is back in full training ahead of this Friday’s game against Benetton Treviso at Scotstoun. Jonny Gray (wrist), Stuart Hogg (shoulder) and Adam Hastings (thigh) are making good progress recovering from their respective injuries.

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.