Stuart Hogg recovers from ankle injury, returns to Scotland squad

Stuart Hogg has scored 18 tries in 62 Scotland appearances. Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

Stuart Hogg has returned to Scotland's squad for their remaining three November fixtures after recovering from an ankle injury.

Hogg was thought to have been ruled out of Scotland's entire November series after he was initially ruled out for 10-12 weeks following surgery in September.

But the fullback has returned to fitness earlier than expected and is available to feature for Scotland against Fiji on Saturday.

The news is a boost to head coach Gregor Townsend after his side were comfortably beaten by Wales in Cardiff last weekend.

The England-based pair of loose-forward Josh Strauss and fly-half Duncan Weir have also been included having not been named in the original squad named last month.

Weir has not played for Scotland since March 2017 and will provide competition for France-based Finn Russell and Adam Hastings in the No.10 jersey, with the latter having started against the Welsh.

Adam Ashe, Scott Cummings and Nick Grigg have also been named. Flanker Ashe last played for Scotland in 2015 but has been rewarded for good form this season while Grigg played against Argentina in June. The 21-year-old Cummings will be seeking a first cap.

Prop Gordon Reid, scrum-half Greig Laidlaw, outside back Sean Maitland, centre Chris Harris and wing Byron McGuigan are also able to link up with the squad this week due to the open international window.

Ross Ford, Henry Pyrgos and Dougie Fife have been released back to their club Edinburgh.

After Fiji, Scotland will host South Africa and Argentina on consecutive weekends.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.