Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons is resigned to being without Scotland forward David Denton for the opening two months of the season.
The unfortunate Denton had to be ruled out of Scotland’s summer tour because of concussion sustained at the tail end of the 2013-14 campaign and now an injury jinx has struck again in training.
“David tore a hamstring playing a conditioning game of touch,” said Solomons. “He did nothing for seven weeks as we had to be cautious because of the concussion and now this. He will be out for a while.
“He certainly won’t start the season but will probably be back a bit before (Test centre) Matt Scott who has had everything in his shoulder cleared up through surgery and is expected to return in November or December.”
Other casualties include Scotland scrum half Grayson Hart (dislocated elbow) and Namibian prop Wicus Blaauw who is seeing a specialist for a groin injury. Blaauw’s fellow prop Willem Nel and Kiwi back row Mike Coman are also returning from operations while those being treated for knocks at Edinburgh’s training camp in the Borders include new hooker Neil Cochrane (bone bruising), Stuart McInally (ankle), Grant Gilchrist (ankle) and Ally Dickinson (quad).
Solomons felt there was little option but to pull out of a proposed training game with Edinburgh Accies next week intended to give some of the second string a run as prospects are bound to be measured in the first full pre-season clash, against Leicester, on August 23.
“The way I’m looking at it these injuries give youngsters a chance (and) it is a marathon season certainly compared to the possible 16-match (Southern Hemisphere) Super Rugby season.
“Here we have 22 league games plus a minimum of six others.”
One other issue to be cleared up for Edinburgh is visas for Anton Bresler and Phil Burleigh who are due to arrive shortly from Durban-based Sharks and Dunedin’s Otago Highlanders respectively.
“Anton has been laid up with a rib injury and Phil needed his passport due to the Super 15 play-offs.
“I expect the visas to go through in the next couple of weeks and while Anton has had time out injured Phil has mostly been starting on the bench. The fact they haven’t been starting should help,” said Solomons.