Scotland will be without two of their most potent attacking threats for their final Six Nations fixture against Italy at Murrayfield after fullback Stuart Hogg and flyhalf Finn Russell were both ruled out with injuries.
Hogg, who won a 100th cap in the 22-7 home loss to Ireland on Sunday, has an ankle injury, while Russell tweaked a ligament in his knee. Both will return to their respective clubs to continue their rehabilitation.
Lock Richie Gray was forced off early in the weekend clash after starting alongside brother Jonny but will remain with the squad this week and could yet be declared fit.
Flyhalf Charlie Savala has been called into the squad, while loose-forward Josh Bayliss returns after playing for Bath this past weekend.
Scotland will be aiming for a third victory in this year’s Six Nations, while Italy have impressed but lost all four games in the championship so far.