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Grant still in World Cup contention

Scotland prop Ryan Grant could still play a part in the World Cup after it was confirmed his ankle injury was not as bad as first feared.

The Glasgow front-rower twisted the joint just minutes into the second half of the Dark Blues' 28-22 defeat to Ireland in Dublin last weekend.

It was feared the former British and Irish Lion had suffered a broken bone which would have ruled him out of the global tournament, which starts next month.

But X-rays taken after the Aviva Stadium warm-up clash confirmed there was no fracture and head coach Vern Cotter now hopes to have 29-year-old Grant available in time for the Scots' opening Pool B fixture with Japan in Gloucester on September 23.

Cotter said: "Ryan has given his ankle a nasty twist. He is between three weeks and a month from coming back.

"He has not been ruled out of the World Cup in the eyes of our medical staff. They think there will be a pretty quick turnaround so we're keeping our fingers crossed."

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