Gilchrist faces World Cup fight after surgery

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Edinburgh Rugby star Grant Gilchrist is facing a battle to be fit for this Autumn’s World Cup after being forced to undergone further surgery on a broken forearm.

The 24-year-old second row, who captained Scotland to victory over Argentina on tour last summer, was one of five players hurt in the opening 20 minutes of Edinburgh’s European Challenge Cup win over Lyon last October.

However, a statement released by Edinburgh Rugby today red: “Grant has, unfortunately, fallen into a percentage of people who can have a delayed healing response.”

Originally it was felt the 6ft 7in and 18st Gilchrist could be back in time for Edinburgh’s Challenge Cup quarter final away to London Irish in early April but after consultation with an “upper limb specialist” Gilchrist will have revision surgery.

The eight times player was making his fifth start of the season for Edinburgh when injury struck.

Now, with the first of four Scotland World Cup warm up Tests taking place away to Ireland on August 15, he is likely to have to stake his claim for inclusion without wearing an Edinburgh shirt beforehand.