Scotland back row Dave Denton could be set to return from injury ahead of next month’s Autumn Tests.
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has revealed he is looking to list Denton as a substitute in the home European Challenge Cup tie with Lyon on Friday week, having recovered from damaging the ligament attached to his hamstring.
Denton, below, hasn’t played since being concussed against Leinster in the final match of last season, a blow which prevented him adding to 22 Scotland caps on the summer tour.
Solomons said: “I am hoping that Dents now seems to have recovered and we can bench him against Lyon
“I’m optimistic about that. I’ve spoken to Scott Johnson [director of rugby] and Vern Cotter [Scotland coach] and I’m looking at benching him then and starting him against Leinster.
“There’s an outside chance for the Autumn Tests. That is what Vern has got to judge.
Such an upbeat assessment – Matt Scott is now due to return before Christmas – was in keeping with Solomons’ bullishness in relation to his handling of struggling Edinburgh.
Challenged about the spirit in the squad, he said: “Proof was the game against Scarlets. Teams come from a heavy loss and the next week do well. I have not in my time in rugby seen it [the week after a heavy loss] from 3-17 as we did. That speaks volumes for the character and composure but also the spirit.”
Solomons also defended decision to fly out hooker Ross Ford late to face Ulster after he was laid low by a vomiting bug.
“He [Ford] was not running a fever so there was no problem with damage to the heart,” said Solomons. “He was sick whole [previous] night. To get in at 3pm and play at 7.30 – he didn’t do badly.”