Greig Laidlaw only lasted 25 minutes is Scotland's Six Nations defeat to France
Laidlaw did not even make it to half-time in Paris, damaging his ankle in a tackle and being replaced by inexperienced 23-year-old Ali Price just before the half-hour mark.
Finn Russell deputised in the kicking department, missing a simple conversion from in front of the posts after slotting two first-half penalties.
In both departments, Scotland missed their skipper and coach Vern Cotter faces a nervous wait to see if he will be fit to face Wales at Murrayfield on February 25.
Greig Laidlaw looked in serious discomfort as he left the field
Greig Laidlaw appeared on crutches and in a protective boot on his ankle
Laidlaw was seen on the touchline in a protective boot and crutches, sparking fears he could be facing weeks or even months out of action.
But Cotter would not be drawn on his skipper's status after the final whistle and now his club side Gloucester will be responsible for the scrum-half's recovery.
Laidlaw was not the only one to suffer in Paris as a physical French outfit left Scotland battered and bruised.
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Back-row forwards John Barclay, and his replacement John Hardie, both sustained head knocks in the game and are subject to the completion of the health impact assessment (HIA) process.
Barclay also requires further assessment on a shoulder injury, with its management set to take place at his club Scarlets this week.
Centre Alex Dunbar passed his HIA 1 during the match but developed some symptoms, possibly in keeping with concussion, after the match.
Hooker Fraser Brown also came off for a HIA and did not return to the field of play.
Both players will now be treated as concussion victims and will be subject to the graduated return to play protocol.
Josh Strauss sustained a heavy blow to his flank and will require further care and assessment.