Relieved Cusiter still in agony

Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter was relieved to be told he would be going to the World Cup but admits it did little to ease the pain of his ankle injury.

The 25-year-old Perpignan ace cut a dejected figure as he limped off the Murrayfield turf minutes from the end of the 31-21 victory over Ireland.

But Scotland head coach Frank Hadden included the player in his 30-man pool announced this week after receiving guidance from medical staff that Cusiter would be fit in time for the September 9 opener against Portugal.

Cusiter has been unfortunate with injuries and last year he missed the tour of South Africa after being forced to undergo surgery on his left shoulder.

But following scans the view is that the Aberdeen-born former Borders back will be match-ready for the beginning of the tournament in France.

“I was assured pretty quickly that it wasn’t World Cup over but it has still been tough as I can’t walk on it and it’s been pretty sore so it’s not the most comforting thing,” explained Cusiter.

“It’s improving and I have been assured by the physios that it will be okay.

“It is early days and difficult to tell but all the tests show that there is not huge damage that won’t recover.

“So we just need to see how it goes in the next two weeks.

“Hopefully it will be good come September 9.”

Cusiter has been capped 32 times for the Scots and he feared that tally would not rise for some time after being forced off in the penultimate warm-up match.

“I knew I’d done something but I just couldn’t really believe my luck getting another injury,” he added.

“It’s not as though I need surgery or anything but it’s another wee injury and another small setback.

“Hopefully it’s not going to affect my participation in the World Cup and that’s a whole lot easier to handle than surgery and months out the game.

“I suppose I’d just had enough and after the summer I’ve had feeling great and feeling fit, to pick up another completely non-related injury is just bad luck and frustrating.”

365 Digital

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