Paterson out of World Cup
A knee injury means Scotland loose forward Lee Paterson will have to fly home early.
Last Updated: 02/11/08 1:51pm
Scotland loose forward Lee Paterson will play no further part in the World Cup after sustaining a knee injury.
The 27-year-old Widnes Vikings player is set to return to England to begin undergoing treatment on the problem.
"A scan on Lee's knee showed a damaged anterior cruciate ligament and the best course of action for him is to return home for further investigation," said coach Steve McCormack.
"It is a devastating blow for Lee and ourselves. Lee has been an integral part of our squad.
"He will be sorely missed by the players and coaching staff and we will be sad to see him go.
"It is now vital Lee returns to Widnes to undergo treatment and get ready for the 2009 season."
Paterson was part of the Bravehearts side beaten 36-18 by France in their opening pool B match in Canberra last Sunday.
His loss leaves Scotland with just 23 players and any more injuries may force them into making a plea to the International Federation to send for re-inforcements.
Scotland need to beat Fiji by 28 points in their last pool match on Wednesday to top their group and go through to a semi-final qualifier.
Second-rower Duncan MacGillivray has been passed fit to play at the Bluetongue Stadium despite being knocked out against France.