Dougie Fife backed to prove Scotland tour fitness

Dougie Fife. Pic: JANE BARLOW
Dougie Fife. Pic: JANE BARLOW
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Alan Solomons has backed new international winger Dougie Fife to recover from hand surgery in time to take part in Scotland’s summer tour of the Americas and South Africa.

And the Edinburgh coach’s encouraging prognosis has been echoed by a fellow cap who has also been treated this season at the same hospital in Leeds where Fife was sent.

Just six days after making a Test debut in Wales, the 23-year-old Fife retired hurt during Edinburgh’s home 
encounter with Ulster. Later it was revealed he had travelled south for specialist treatment.

Solomons said: “I think Dougie will be available for the tour. He’s going to be out for for six weeks but that is before what is sure to be a very tough tour starts.”

It was confirmed at the Spire Hospital in Leeds that Fife 
required corrective surgery on ligament damage to his thumb.

Matt Scott, who visited the same hospital in the autumn for an examination by surgeon Doug Campbell of his fracture said: “The doctor in Leeds is good. I didn’t have to have an operation but Dougie is in good hands.”

Scotland’s tour gets underway on June 7 against the US Eagles and matches follow on successive Saturday’s against Canada, Argentina and the Springboks.

However, there is every chance that injured Edinburgh colleague Tim Visser will be back in action after a leg break to increase competition for wing places while Lion Sean Maitland continued his rehab on the bench for Glasgow last night.