Edinburgh Rugby are expected to be without one of Scotland’s brightest young talents until the new year after winger Jamie Farndale damaged his right knee in training.
It is the latest blow to hit the 20-year-old who, this summer, made his mark in age-group international history when, competing for Scotland in a third successive world under-20 championship, Farndale took his overall try tally to an unprecedented ten.
The feat was all the more remarkable for the fact that, in October 2012, he suffered a spiral fracture of his leg while playing for Edinburgh Accies against Dundee in the Premiership.
A few months earlier, in the final match of the 2011-12 Pro12, Farndale signalled his huge promise by making an Edinburgh debut at Cardiff.
Injuries have undoubtedly played a part in being unable to build on that appearance, but before setting off for this year’s junior World Cup, Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons awarded him a senior contract, describing him as “a fine athlete”.
When Farndale returns he will face stiff competition but his never-say-die spirit has served him well previously.