New Scotland winger Dougie Fife has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hand injury, Edinburgh Rugby confirmed today.
The 23 year-old sustained ligament damage to his thumb during a 9-3 loss to Ulster at Murrayfield Stadium last Friday - six days after making his international debut in Wales.
At the same time there was better news of long term absentee and fellow internationalist, Tim Visser, who has returned to light training and is expected back in action next mont after a broken leg.
Fife was sent to a specialist in Leeds - where fellow cap Matt Scott was treated for a hand injury last Autumn - and has undergone corrective surgery.
In a statement issued by Edinburgh had coach Alan Solomons said of Fife; “This is really disappointing.
“He (Fife) has developed and performed well for us this season, It’s a pity that his best season of senior rugby has been brought to a premature end.
“However, as always at times of player injury, it presents others with opportunities to play and promote themselves into contention for regular selection.”