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Rugby Union – Scots without injured Laidlaw

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw will miss the side's autumn international Tests after suffering a fractured ankle. The 32-year-old scrum-half's club side Clermont Auvergne have revealed that Laidlaw is facing up to 12 weeks on the sidelines after picking up the injury during last Sunday's 26-21 Champions Cup win over Ospreys. It is the latest ankle problem to hit the former Edinburgh and Gloucester man after he was ruled out for a spell with torn ankle ligaments suffered in the 22-16 defeat by France in the Six Nations in February. It's a blow for Scotland coach Gregor Townsend, who is also set to be without stand-in skipper John Barclay for next month's games against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia because of an ongoing concussion issue. However, he should be able to call on Laidlaw for the 2018 Six Nations, which Scotland are 14/1 to win with bet365, which gets under way against Wales in Cardiff in February.

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