Six Nations: Stuart Hogg should be fit to face Italy in Rome

Stuart Hogg. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Stuart Hogg. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg is expected to return to training next week, with hopes high that he will be fit to face Italy in the Six Nations on 27 February.

Hogg was forced off with a back strain in the first half of last weekend’s 27-23 defeat by Wales in Cardiff but the coaching staff are confident he will soon resume training.

The London Irish duo of Blair Cowan and Sean Maitland are being treated by their club, with flanker Cowan undergoing the return to play protocols for concussion and winger Maitland nursing a thigh injury.

Lock Richie Gray sprained his ankle and was briefly in a protective boot but could play for his French club Castres this weekend. Wing Tommy Seymour also hurt his ankle but is now out of his protective boot.

Peter Horne is in contention for Rome after coming off the bench for Glasgow in Ulster at the weekend – his first taste of action since sustaining a foot injury in the second 1872 Cup match with Edinburgh at the start of the year. The centre took part in Scotland training yesterday.

Edinburgh centre Matt Scott, who missed the Wales game with a quad injury, should also be in the mix for the Italy match.

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