Scotland talisman Stuart Hogg is set to miss the rest of the Six Nations – and may not play again this season.

The full-back was the victim of a late tackle by Peter O’Mahony just 15 minutes into the defeat by Ireland at Murrayfield. He landed awkwardly on his shoulder and was replaced by Blair Kinghorn shortly after.

Scotland’s backroom staff have already ruled him out of the final three Six Nations come what may as his shoulder needs time to recover.

But Sportsmail understands that the bigger concern within the Scotland camp is that Hogg may have sustained a stage-three shoulder tear which is the most severe. If that is confirmed by a scan over the next few days he is likely to need an operation.

And that would rule him out of not just the Six Nations but the rest of the season.

Such an outcome would be a massive blow for Hogg who wanted to help Glasgow Warriors to silverware before joining Exeter Chiefs over the summer.

More worryingly, if the scan confirms a stage-three shoulder tear, and he gets an operation straight away, Hogg could be in a race against time to be match fit in time for the start of the World Cup in Japan in mid-September.

Asked about the injury to the nation’s star man, head coach Gregor Townsend said after the Ireland match: ‘He’s sore, very sore. He wanted to stay on but his shoulder was not right.

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