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Edinburgh forward Ford, 25, was thought to be close to making the original squad and his call-up today came as no surprise.
Lions tour manager Gerald Davies was also expected to name a replacement for Wales wing Leigh Halfpenny but the coaching team have delayed that announcement.
Davies said: “Munster hooker Jerry Flannery tore ligaments in his left elbow in training on Wednesday that unfortunately ruled him out of the tour.
“His place in the tour squad is taken by Edinburgh’s 25-year old hooker Ross Ford, who played in all five of Scotland’s 2009 Six Nations championship matches.”
Head coach Ian McGeechan added: “Jerry has had a terrific season and he anchored the Irish scrum during Ireland’s Six Nations Grand Slam season.
“It is disappointing that after selection for the Lions his season should end with a pre-tour injury.
“Injuries are a part of the game and, while very distressing for the affected player, we as a squad have to accept them as a fact of life.
“It is a part of the game we play. We are focused on moving forward, concentrating on the task at hand and the first match.
“Ross is a terrific player and he will naturally slot straight in as hooker. I look forward to welcoming him into camp tonight.”
Flannery was the fourth player originally named in the squad to have been ruled out of the entire tour.
Ford was on the official standby list and saw off competition from Ulster’s Rory Best.
His inclusion doubles the number of Scots named in the initial 36-man squad, equalling the tally of four that went on the 2005 tour.
Flannery was set to undergo surgery today after visiting a specialist yesterday but Halfpenny remains part of the squad.
The Cardiff Blues back requires intensive treatment on a thigh injury and will not travel to Johannesburg with the touring party on Sunday evening.
Halfpenny is expected to be sidelined for around a fortnight and he will join the squad in South Africa if his recovery goes to plan.
But with the Lions facing such a short build-up to the first Test and Halfpenny likely to be unavailable for the first two tour matches, McGeechan has decided to call up a replacement back.