Darcy Graham will be sidelined for three to four months after surgery

Winger may not feature again this season with club coach Sean Everitt keen to give him time to get over a frustrating period

Darcy Graham will undergo surgery on his groin next week. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Darcy Graham will undergo surgery on his groin next week. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

DARCY GRAHAM is facing a three to four month lay-off with the groin injury he suffered fortnight ago, which require surgery next week. 

“Darcy has seen a surgeon and he is going to be out long term with a groin injury,” explained head coach Sean Everitt. “So we’re hoping that he’ll be back in at the tail end of the season, but there’s nothing definite.

“We’ve got every confidence Darcy will work his way back from next week’s surgery with the same drive and determination in which he trains and plays.”


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It is the latest setback in a torrid year for the winger, who missed the last Six Nations with a knee injury, and suffered a minor scare when he had to sit-out Scotland’s final World Cup warm-up match against Georgia with a quad issue, but returned to play in all four matches at the tournament.

He spent two months out of action after the World Cup with a hip injury and knee clean-up operation before making his comeback in mid-December, but then managed just four games before suffering a quad injury in mid-January which ruled him out of the first two rounds of this year’s Six Nations.

The Hawick man was on the comeback trail from that issue when he suffered this groin injury training with Edinburgh during the fallow week between Scotland’s matches against France and England.

“He is an explosive athlete, as we all know, and he’s got good feet, so he is at risk of getting injuries,” said Everitt. “I think it is bad luck. I have coached many players in the past who are just injury-prone and sometimes it just goes away after a period of time.

“I just feel it is important that at this stage in his career that he gets time to sort out the niggles he has been carrying over a period of time. We all know the pressures of the World Cup, the pressure that was on to play in that tournament and get the best possible result, but there is an opportunity now for Darcy to use this time to get better, and if need be take the rest of this season plus the pre-season to build himself up in to top form.

“Darcy is 26-years-old, we’ve signed him long term at the club, we all know that he is world class when he is on top of his game, so it is vitally important for him as an individual that we look after is wellbeing other than the physical side of his performance,” the South African added. “A player who is in a good state of mind and injury free is a player who is going to perform week in and week out.”

 

 

Asked if Graham may have pushed too hard to get back fit for the Six Nations, Everitt replied: “I wouldn’t say it was that. It is just that he is a competitive human being so when he is out on the field, he gives everything that he can. And how you see him play on a Saturday is how he trains during the week.

“They have been different injuries. When he came out of the World Cup he had to have on object removed from his knee. It is just unfortunate for him that it has been a string of injuries in a row, and sometimes players go through that.

“I can use Pat Lambie as an example. When I was coaching at the Sharks, Pat got injured four Super Rugby tournaments in a row within the first four weeks of the campaign, so that does happen.

“Fortunately for Darcy, these injuries are repairable and we will see him back to his best this season.”

“It will be frustrating for Darcy. We know that he’s proud of the club he plays for and he loves having the opportunity to play for his country,” the coach continued.

“When he went down with that injury last week he was really training well and looking forward to being in contention against England so one can imagine the disappointment that he’s going through at the moment.

“But we’re also aware that in the game we’re in, these things happen, it’s the nature of the sport. He accepts what needs to be done and he’ll be very relieved when he’s back to full fitness and doesn’t have to carry these niggles with him throughout the season.”

 

 

Meanwhile, international flanker Luke Crosbie – who was ruled out of the Six Nations with a shoulder injury suffered against Wales in round one – won’t be back in time for Edinburgh’s trip to South Africa at the end of March (to play Stormers and the Sharks) but could be back soon after that.

“Luke probably won’t be fit for our South Africa tour, unfortunately, but he is feeling a lot better,” said Everitt. “An AC joint is a complicated injury because sometimes you get all your movement back and then you get a whack on the shoulder and the injury returns so we’ve got to be careful how we manage him.

“We’re really in an important part of our season at the moment. We’ve got Ospreys this week, then a break and then we’re possibly going to go eight in a row. We don’t need to rush him back, we’ve got depth in that department. We’ve got a guy like Tom Dodd who I’m delighted is getting an opportunity on Friday night. Then we’ve got Ben Muncaster who has performed well in an Edinburgh jersey every time he’s worn it but has been out for most of the season. And then we’ve got guys coming back from Scotland, like Jamie Ritchie.

“So we’re in a good place and we want to give Luke every opportunity to get back to full fitness so he can compete in the latter part of the season.”

Edinburgh are currently fifth in the URC table with seven wins and two bonus points from 10 matches played so far, but only four points separate fourth and 10th so there is very little room for error in the race to make the play-offs.

“To get into the top eight, the way we’re working it out at the moment is that we’d need 12 wins,” said Everitt. “That’s something we said from the start – we wanted to win seven home games and five away and that would guarantee a top-eight slot. Looking at the permutations I believe that is right. Obviously it could be less, but you want to strive for the best possible.

“So if you look at the log, we’re in a good place. I know it’s jammed, but our destiny is in our control, and if we continue to win like we have been doing – we’ve got seven out of ten – there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be in the top ten. But it starts this weekend, it’s a tough game against a team that’s on a high, and we’re going to have to be at our best both in attack and defence.”


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