Richie Vernon has thanked the Glasgow Warriors’ fans for their messages of support after it was revealed that he has undergone surgery for an Achilles tendon injury and will be out for up to nine months.

The 29-year-old had only just returned from another injury lay-off when he was injured playing for the Scotstoun outfit against the Dragons earlier this month.

Via his Twitter feed he said: “I would like to thank the Warriors fans for the amazing ovation when stretchered off last week and the kind messages I’ve received since.”

And he showed he had not lost his sense of humour despite the setback, adding: “Sitting in hospital after successful Achilles surgery yesterday. Biggest worry at the moment is how skinny my calf is for wedding in July!”

 Vernon made his name in the back-row coming through the ranks and earned 20 Scotland caps in the position up to 2012.

He then switched to centre in the 2013/14 season and earned four more Scotland caps in his new position in 2015, including an appearance at a second World Cup.

Since then he has been dogged by injuries.

He is expected to be out of action for up to nine months following the procedure at BMI Ross Hall Hospital.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Gregor Townsend said: “We’re disappointed for Richie that he faces another spell on the sidelines, not long after he’d worked hard to get back to full fitness.

“The surgery was a success and we wish him all the best with his rehab.”

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