THOM EVANS is to undergo a second operation on his neck following the horror Six Nations injury which has prematurely ended his season.
Glasgow Warriors winger Evans, 24, remains in University Hospital Cardiff and could have had the surgery at a later date but has decided to go ahead with it now.
It is expected the Firhill favourite will then be allowed home to continue his recovery.
Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "Thom has been heartened by the many messages of support he has received from around the world.
"The surgeons are delighted with his progress. Thom and his mum met with the surgeons last night and Thom has opted to undergo a further procedure later this week, which will enhance the surgery that has already taken place and provide further stabilisation to his neck.
"This procedure is optional and Thom could have decided to have it done at a later point, or not at all. He's decided to go ahead now and that should help with the whole recovery process.
"The same surgeons who performed the initial operation will undertake this procedure. Once he has settled from this procedure the expectation would be that he will be allowed to return home."
Warriors chief executive Kenny Baillie revealed how messages of support have been flooding in for Evans, whose brother and Glasgow team mate Max was also on the park in Cardiff when the injury occured.
He said: "Like all rugby supporters, I was worried when Thom was taken from the field on Saturday, but we are all delighted that he is improving and in good spirits.
"A large number of messages of support for Thom have been sent to the Warriors over the last 48 hours and I would like to thank everyone who has taken time to call and write in.
"Everyone at the Warriors and Scottish Rugby looks forward to seeing Thom back in Glasgow soon and we will be giving both Thom and his brother Max full support over the next few weeks."