Scotland stand-off Finn Russell feared for his rugby career

Scotland stand-off Finn Russell was yesterday named as an ambassador for the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships which takes place in Glasgow next year. Picture: SNS
Scotland stand-off Finn Russell was yesterday named as an ambassador for the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships which takes place in Glasgow next year. Picture: SNS
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Scotland stand-off Finn Russell has revealed he feared for his rugby career after suffering a serious head knock during Glasgow’s Pro12 semi-final defeat by Connacht in May.

Russell collided with team-mate Zander Fagerson and was kept in hospital in Dublin for a week.

“There were things [the medical staff] were talking about, maybe having to go for operations that could maybe have finished me,” Russell told BBC Scotland. “But although it’s a bad injury, the way that I’ve looked at it is I haven’t really let it hold me back.”

He hopes to return in late September or October.

“I’ve not put a game down or picked a date yet,” he added.

“With the head they can’t really put a timescale on it as it depends how I react, especially when I get back involved in contact work [next week].

“I haven’t really been worried about getting back out there and getting into it.

“Now it’s down to me. If I get any symptoms, if I’ve done too much, I’ve got to pull myself out, unfortunately. With a head injury it’s all about being honest. It’s a case of doing a little bit extra each day and see how you react to that.”