Glasgow and Scotland scrum half Chris Cusiter will miss his side’s Rabo Direct PRO12 clash with Connacht tomorrow night and may not return to the team until Christmas, after dislocating his shoulder in last weekend’s victory over the Ospreys.
Cusiter had to be helped from the pitch on Friday night and despite initial fears that the injury would have to be operated on, further tests have shown that the 30 year old does not require surgery.
However he will miss Glasgow’s opening game in the Heineken Cup away to Northampton and he will also be unavailable for Scotland’s upcoming Autumn internationals.
His loss is a huge blow for Warriors’ head coach Gregor Townsend and his team as Cusiter had made a bright start to the season.
“Everyone at Glasgow Warriors is disappointed that a quality player like Chris Cusiter is likely to be out of action until around the middle of December.
“It’s encouraging, though, that he doesn’t need surgery, and we know he’s in the best possible hands with our medical team. Chris is a tough competitor, and he’ll be working hard to return to fitness and make a significant contribution to our campaign,” Townsend said.
The Warriors are in the same Heineken Cup pool as Ulster and Cusiter won’t be fit for the province’s visit to Glasgow’s new home at Scotstoun on 19 October.
The injury is a blow to Scotland who face New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga in November and head coach Andy Robinson said: “It’s disappointing for Chris because he has made such a good start to the season. I wish him a speedy recovery.”