Ollie Smith faces eight to 12 months out of action with knee injury

Warriors head coach Franco Smith believes Huw Jones could have a role on the wing for Scotland

Ollie Smith is facing a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Ollie Smith is facing a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS and Scotland back-three player Ollie Smith is facing an eight to 12 month lay-off with a knee injury suffered playing for his club in last weekend’s Champions Cup victory over Bayonne.

“He has suffered a serious knee injury,” confirmed Warriors head coach Franco Smith earlier today [Thursday] as he talked through his team selection for tomorrow night’s 1872 Cup clash versus Edinburgh at Scotstoun. “It will be an eight to 12 month injury. It’s more serious than we hoped and it was confirmed on Wednesday night that he has ruptured ligaments in his knee.

“It’s similar to what happened to JP du Preez. There was no contact, he was running and it just happened. Quite strange.”


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With Sebastian Cancelliere (neck) and Kyle Steyn (ankle) also currently unavailable through injury, Warriors are short on options in the back-three forcing head coach Smith to shift Huw Jones from centre to the wing.

“I hope it’s a positive surprise,” said Smith. “Stafford McDowall [who take over in the centre] has been playing really well, and with Ollie, Seb and Kyle being injured in that role, and Facundo Codero returning in the A game against Edinburgh at the Hive on Thursday afternoon [having been out of action since pre-season with an ankle injury], it made sense.

“My philosophy is to play with three centres, four sometimes if I can, and two full-backs instead of necessarily wings, so that they can fit in anywhere.

“It’s also a position where Huw can offer to Scotland. It’s a good opportunity and he’s been very excited about playing there.”

“As far as I understand it, he has played there [before]. I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter, I didn’t take that into account when I made the decision.”

Smith added that Cancelliere should return to training in early January while Steyn picked up his ankle injury in November and at that time was hoping to be back in time to have a role in the Six Nations.


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6 Comments

  1. In my playing days I ruptured my cruciate ligament, no impact, just loading the left knee trying to change direction, but note this was a damp grass pitch so plenty give in the surface, but still snapped with a loud bang.
    So what, you all say?
    I’m thinking the artificial surface is not the reason for Ollie’s misfortune, we’re all built differently, some players go through there rugger careers without a scratch, but some are just injury prone.
    So!
    Ollie, hang in their, you’re young and a cracking player, get yourself sorted, and come back even better and stronger 👍🏉🙂

  2. all plastic pitches should be banned full stop as there is no give in the surface unlike a natural surface which will tear. Many professional footballers if had a previous joint injury are not allowed or even insured to play on artificial surfaces. When Glasgow laid their pitch they discovered the reason why it was flooding and by removing the offending layar they could have put in a fantastic grass pitch with modern drainage.

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  3. Very sorry to hear about the extent of his injury, he’s a young guy and it’s going to be a long and frustrating 2024 for him. And i wish him all the best with his recovery. He’s a smashing player and we all look forward to the day when he runs out for the Warriors and Scotland again.

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  4. Very sorry to hear about the extent of his injury, he’s a young guy and it’s going to be a long and frustrating 2024 for him. And i wish him all the best with his recovery. He’s a smashing player and we all look forward to the day when he runs out for the Warriors and Scotland again.

  5. Wow bad news, I watched it happen and it looked like he just turned sharply while running after Horne. Is it just down to the plastic pitch again.

  6. Shame for the lad starting to build some momentum again for the 6N – will be missed by both Glasgow and Scotland. Wish him a speedy recovery!

    Warriors injury list becoming a real concern…

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