Scotland’s Six Nations campaign has suffered another blow with the loss of experienced lock Jonny Gray for the rest of the tournament due to a hand injury.
It is understood that the 57-times capped 25-yea-old will play no further part in the championship.
Glasgow Warriors second row Gray, who has partnered clubmate Scott Cummings in the engine room for the opening defeats by Ireland and England, will join national skipper Stuart Hogg at Exeter Chiefs next season after eight years with Glasgow.
Scotland visit Italy on Saturday 22 February before a home Test against France on Sunday 8 March and then finishing away to Wales on Saturday 14 March.
It is the loss of another experienced campaigner following the well-documented exile from the national squad of 49-times capped Racing 92 stand-off Finn Russell.
Gray picked up the injury in Saturday's 13-6 loss to England in the Calcutta Cup clash at BT Murrayfield on Saturday and a Scotland team spokesman said: "He will return to his club [Glasgow] for ongoing care and assessment."
Edinburgh's Ben Toolis has been covering the position from the bench in the past two games, with 40-cap man and former captain Grant Gilchrist out of the matchday squad.
Jonny Gray's older brother Richie, who has 65 Test caps for Scotland and one for the British and Irish Lions, declined to be involved in last year's Rugby World Cup but, according to national head coach Gregor Townsend, has indicated that he would be available for selection again.]
The 30-year-old, who won the French title with Toulouse last season, has been injured but last month announced he would be returning to home city club Glasgow next season.