Edinburgh to assess Carl Bezuidenhout injury

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Injury-hit Edinburgh Rugby have suffered a further blow with utility back Carl Bezuidenhout facing scans on potentially serious knee damage.

The 28-year-old South African, who joined on a fourth-month trial last season and after playing 11 matches signed a contract extension, hurt knee ligaments when helping Boroughmuir win at champions Melrose on Saturday.

“Carl has picked up medial collateral damage to the knee and has to have it scanned before we know how long he will be out,” said coach Alan Solomons, who is already without Tim Visser, Dougie Fife, Damian Hoyland and Jamie Farndale. Visser has only an outside chance of making Sunday’s visit to Ospreys and Solomons is set to hand a debut to US Eagles’ winger Brett Thompson, who was excused last week’s disappointing home defeat by Connacht to attend his brother’s wedding.

“Brett will absolutely be a contender to play. He is our only out and out winger,” said Solomons, who is disinclined to take risks with Visser at a time when Test wing Nikki Walker is still listed in the squad but completely out of the picture.

“Tim has a dead leg and we’ve got to be sure,” said Solomons. “If he takes another knock he is going to have problems.”