RugbyU: Scotland's Walker out of World Cup

DVBP389 4 S 0235 ZZZ /AFP-VM93 RugbyU-WC2011-SCO-Walker RugbyU: Scotland's Walker out of World Cup GLASGOW, Aug 21, 2011 (AFP) - Scotland wing Nikki Walker has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a knee injury in his country's 23-12 win over Italy. Walker had come on as a second-half replacement in Saturday's match, but the Ospreys star was unable to finish the clash as he was stretchered off in the closing stages. The 29-year-old went for medical assessments on the injury, sustained in a relatively tame tackle, and a medial ligament problem was diagnosed, ruling him out of the tournament in New Zealand which begins next month. Scotland head coach Andy Robinson, who will name his 30-man World Cup squad on Monday, said: "Nikki has worked exceptionally hard in training and some of the running lines he made when he came off the bench were first-class. "It's obviously disappointing for Nikki. We all feel for him but injuries do happen in sport and you just have to deal with them. We wish Nikki a speedy recovery." Walker, who has won 24 Scottish caps and scored six Test tries, will now return to his club, where he will undergo further assessments and then start his rehabilitation. The injury means Robinson now has seven players to cut from his preliminary squad for Scotland's World Cup campaign, which begins against Romania on September 10. smg/pi AFP 211306 GMT AUG 11