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Monday, February 09, 2009

The Webster and Cross head knocks vs Wales

The Webster and Cross head knocks vs Wales

Scotlands wing Simon Webster and prop forward Geoff Cross both knocked themselves out dramatically against Wales on the weekend. Webster while making a big hit, and Cross in an attempt to challenge for a high ball.

Both players are now serious concerns for coach Frank Hadden ahead of Saturdays Six Nations match against France. Both suffered bad head injuries from their mistimed tackles against the Welsh at Murrayfield.

Webster seemingly got substituted, but was later seen on his knees at the time that Cross himself was being carried off. Webster was sent from the pitch by referee Alain Roland, as was Cross, who received a yellow card while on the stretcher for his reckless challenge on Lee Byrne.

Team doctor James Robson said on Monday in a statement that both players had slept soundly on Sunday night.

"Simon is fully conscious today as he was last night. He has had a good night's sleep and will now be subject to the usual protocol after a head injury. Geoff also had a good night's sleep and will be subject to the same protocol as Simon. He also has strains to both knees."

Players are not allowed to take part if still suffering from the effects of concussion.

The protocol involves the player being monitored through various degrees of physical activity before being examined by a neurologist and it would only be at that point that he would get clearance to resume.

Time: 04:23

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