Glasgow squad update: Ross Thompson undergoes ankle surgery

Warriors props Zander Fagerson and Oli Kebble continue to have their injuries assessed

Ross Thompson
Ross Thompson injured his ankle in Glasgow's defeat by Leinster. Image: © Craig Watson -

GLASGOW stand-off Ross Thompson has had surgery on the ankle he injured against Leinster last month, a statement on the Warriors website revealed this evening.

Head coach Franco Smith said last week there was still a possibility of a non-invasive recovery, but that was before surgeons had assessed the injury fully. No specific date has been set for the No 10’s return.

“Ross Thompson has undergone successful surgery at Ross Hall Hospital on an ankle injury sustained against Leinster a fortnight ago, with the operation conducted by Mr Bob Carter, Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon,” the statement read. “Thompson will now begin his rehabilitation under the supervision of the club’s medical and strength and conditioning team with a view of returning to action in the New Year.”

Zander Fagerson and Oli Kebble are still having their injuries assessed by the medical team at Scotstoun. Fagerson went off with hamstring damage in the first half of the Warriors’ win at Zebre on Saturday, while Kebble injured a shoulder and left the field 15 minutes into the second half.

Back-row forward Jack Dempsey will be out for a short time with a groin injury, and Alex Samuel will likewise be out of action in the short term after picking up a back injury. Scott Cummings (foot), Cole Forbes (neck), Enrique Pieretto (chest), Allan Dell (calf), Thomas Gordon (calf) and Rory Darge (ankle) are all continuing rehab on their injuries. Sam Johnson is continuing what the statement called “his phased return to training”.

Duncan Weir has re-joined the squad after recovering from a calf injury and will be available for Glasgow’s opening game of this season’s Challenge Cup campaign, at Bath on Saturday.

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  1. Borthwick and Gatland play a turgid brand of rugby that is reliant of forward behemoths that we don’t have. Gatland has been badly found out in his last two roles. The sport is constantly evolving and he is falling way behind. As for Rennie he’s doing nothing with Australia just as he did with Glasgow. Absolutely no thanks. It’s all moot anyway GT will be in situ until the RWC.

  2. funny how some folk manage to turn an article about a young player needing surgery into an attack on the Scotland coach

    • I apologies about my post regarding the Scotland coach under the article relating to Glasgows injuries. I should have ignored Rod Bapties post.

    • Because there sadly is nowhere on the site to discuss key issues unless they relate to a current article a key shortcoming of the site

      • Agreed, it would be good to have a forum type space.

        As there’s nowhere else to say it, I wish folk would be more realistic as to what Scotland can achieve with the resources we have and have a bit more belief that those running things are actually trying to do their best for the game ….

  3. I’m not a GT fan but I know what I’m seeing and it’s pathetic the whole FR thing for example girr same old excuses from GT it’s high time for him to move on it’s becoming very embarrassing

  4. Rod, you mention the word disastrous not progress. I am not a GT fan but neither do I jump on the bandwagon when we have a bad performance. 4 tests in the Autumn, don’t remember a disaster. 6 Nations, 1 huge disaster, Wales but I don’t think that compares with the woes of England or Wales. You are obviously not a GT fan.

  5. So Wales and England can sack the coach as they look at a disastrous year… Yet we do nothing… No coaches available – hmmm Borthwick and Gatland….no bad for no-one being available..

    • The only difference is that Scotland has not had a disastrous year and made progress over the Autumn series. No comparison to Wales and especially England with the resources they have at their disposal.

      • What progress? I know you are a GT fan but this years performance was much worse than last year and we have a coach who is an exceptionally poor people manager. Under GT we have zero chance of exiting the group stages as we’re facing very tough opposition because of the appalling performance at the last World cup

    • Tbf I wouldn’t want either Gatland or Borthwick. They are dinosaurs and Gatland endured an awful run in super rugby. Realistically if we were to bin GT it would most likely be for Blair but he’s still very much in the Beta phase. Wish list would be someone like a Pat Lam who wants to play dynamic rugby but then Bristol are having a poor season too. Our strength is our attack and our mobility so we need the rugby equivalent of Brendan McCallum to take the handbrake off. That won’t happen though as SRU will be more interested in a company man. Our on pitch problems won’t get fixed until the off pitch ones are and there is no will for that at Murrayfield while the money keeps pouring into the cartels pockets. It’s worrying though as it does feel like Italy and Georgia are developing better youth systems and primed to overtake us. Wales and especially England with their talents available will kick into gear at some point and I don’t see us being able to keep up. Maybe promotion and relegation for 6n will be the only way we are forced to make fundamental changes.

      • How is Borthwick a dinosaur??? Gatland is one of the all time most successful NH coaches. On the other hand Blair has achieved nothing of note as a head coach.

        When GT is replaced we should break the bank to get the very best coach possible. Now England and Wales won’t be in the market, and NZ possibly lining up Joe Schmidt, there is a very good chance the only test jobs going post RWC will be us and probably Australia. We should be targeting Scott Robertson, Jamie Joseph and coaches of that calibre. Even Dave Rennie might be worth a shout given he’s had significant test experience since being in charge of Wallabies.

    • Do you think Borthwick would have accepted Scotland job? Could SRU have bought him out of his long term Leicester contract? No

      Gatland was also being courted by Wales and England already. Would he have taken Scotland job? Maybe but doubtful.

      Fact is Scotland is not a top choice for best coaches in the world and our group gives an incoming coach no prospects at the next World Cup. We need to be canny to get a world class coach but the time to land a big one is next year after the RWC is wrapped up.

  6. Bad news about Ross Thompson, hope his rehab is quick
    On a side note I notice that Alan Dell is still sidelined with the calf injury he was suffering from when he signed from London Irish, in the summer.
    Did Warriors not do a medical or did they not care if he missed most of the first season, as long as he is available when the WC is on, next autumn?
    Seems a bit rash to have signed a player with a long term injury.

    • Thinking about there has has been a huge issue with the size of the Glasgow injury list for as long as I can remember. So e might point to playing surface but even in the Firhill days there was always a big Q for the physio room. It’s cut across differing coaching regimes so can’t just be one underlying training issue. Wonder if the medical staff have any ideas on it?

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