Duncan Taylor to miss remainder of season with double cruciate injury, but could still make World Cup
By Ali Stokes
Saracens have confirmed that Scottish international centre Duncan Taylor will miss the remainder of the season with double cruciate knee ligament damage.
The 29-year-old was forced from the field during Saracens' first game of the Premiership Shield (A-League) competition against Exeter Chiefs reserve side.
Taylor has spent the last few years of his career battling with injury, limited to just 10 appearances last season.
Saracens' Director of Rugby Mark McCall said: "Duncan is out for the season and won't be back until June, it's a huge blow.
"He's obviously had a poor year injury-wise. With the head injury (in January) he was never sure when he was coming back or when he was going to feel good.
"It's cruel for one of the most popular players in the squad. It's just one of those things."
However, McCall is confident the 21-times-capped utility back will return to fitness in time to take part in Scotland's 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign.
"I'm optimistic he'll be back for the World Cup," McCall added. "All things going equal he'll be back in June which gives him time. I'm sure he'll be in contention."