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Godman ruled out for six months

Scotland and Edinburgh fly-half Phil Godman has been ruled out of rugby for at least six months after suffering a serious knee injury in training.

The 28-year-old tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while training with Edinburgh on Tuesday and underwent a scan at Spire Murrayfield Hospital.

The results were reviewed by the Edinburgh and Scotland medical teams on Wednesday morning, confirming the injury.

Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "Phil sustained the injury in non-contact training on Tuesday.

"His rehabilitation starts now.

"He will have to undergo surgery in due course to repair the knee ligaments but the Edinburgh and Scotland medical teams will be working to deliver him ready to be considered for selection for the Rugby World Cup squad next year."

Godman, who made his Scotland debut against Romania in 2005 and won his most recent and 23rd cap against England last season, now faces a race to be fit for the World Cup in New Zealand, which begins on September 9, 2011.

However, he can take comfort from the recoveries of Scotland team-mates Jason White and Nathan Hines from similar injuries.

Godman said: "I have to focus on my rehabilitation and target being available to go to the World Cup, which is a massive ambition for me."


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