Edinburgh and Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist looks set to miss next year’s Six Nations after suffering a setback with the groin injury he picked up at the Rugby World Cup.
The 25-year-old, who had only recently returned from a broken arm, had his tournament ended when he was hurt in the second pool game against the United States. He was initially hopeful of returning to action sometime last month but a second scan revealed the problem was more complex and required surgery.
Gilchrist’s club coach Alan Solomons said: “It’s difficult to tell these things but we’re talking months not weeks. You try to deal with the thing conservatively but we got to the stage where it was felt by the specialist that it was best to operate. He’s a little bit uncomfortable and on crutches but we have a great medical team here and they’ll get him back as soon as they can.”Scotland open their Six Nations campaign against England at BT Murrayfield on February 6 and it looks unlikely Gilchrist will play any part in the tournament.
Last year, the 12-times capped forward was named as head coach Vern Cotter’s captain for the November Tests but he broke his arm in a European Challenge Cup match against Lyon and missed that series and the rest of the season.
An Edinburgh spokesperson added: “Following Grant’s groin injury during Rugby World Cup, his rehabilitation was proceeding smoothly. As part of his rehabilitation, the area was scanned again. Further specialist opinion revealed some damage to soft tissue structures which had not previously been clinically evident. Following best advice from the specialist, it was decided that surgery would be the most appropriate course and this has already taken place. Grant will continue with his recovery now under the care of the Edinburgh Rugby medical team.”