Surgery forces Grant Gilchrist to miss start of season

Grant Gilchrist. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Grant Gilchrist. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Scotland captain Grant Gilchrist will miss the start of the rugby season after undergoing ankle surgery.

And hopes of quickly integrating former Scotland back row sub Stuart McInally into the Edinburgh side also, this time at hooker, have suffered a setback.

Announcing a 27-strong squad for today’s friendly against Leicester at Melrose, coach Alan Solomons revealed that Gilchrist and McInally were crocked.

“Gilcho’s operation to clean out some gristle means 4-6 weeks out. Stu has a fracture on his heel.

“He can run but at pace it is a problem. The thinking is for him to ultra-sound it over three to four weeks which can promote bone growth. An operation and his season is virtually over. He’ll take his chances.”

Solomons said of the Leicester friendly: “It is about giving every player who is fit a minimum of 20 minutes.”

Edinburgh starting line-up: McLennan, Fife, Dean, Strauss, Visser, Tonks, Kennedy, Sutherland, Ford (captain), Andress, McKenzie, Atkins, Grant, Du Preez, Watson. Subs: Hilterbrand, Berghen, B Toolis, A Toolis, Ritchie, Hidalgo-Clyne, Heathcote, Beard, Domguez, Thompson, Hoyland, Bezuidenhout.