EDINBURGH will be without their Scotland and Lions flanker Hamish Watson for “several weeks” due to a facial injury suffered during last weekend’s loss away to Leinster, but that will be off-set by the return of international team skipper Jamie Ritchie, who has returned to training this week following the shoulder injury he suffered ay the World Cup and is expected to be available for the home game against the Vodafone Bulls in two weekends’ time (on Friday 17th November).
Meanwhile, wingers Darcy Graham (hip) and Emiliano Boffelli (toe) continue to progress well through their respective rehab programmes. Graham is expected back later this month, with Boffelli set to return mid-December.
Number 8 Viliame Mata (shoulder) also returned to training this week and is available for selection for Saturday’s home match against Connacht. Back-row Ben Muncaster (knee) made his return to play with 40 minutes for Watsonians against the Futures XV in Saturday’s Super Series match.
Prop Luan de Bruin (back), lock Sam Skinner (knee) and Scott Steele (hip) are all expected to return to full fitness later this month.
Prop Mikey Jones (ankle), full-back Nathan Sweeney (hamstring) and back-row Cam Neild (knee) are expected to return to training in December.
Glasgow Warriors issued a squad update yesterday, which confirmed that club captain Kyle Steyn has undergone surgery on an ankle injury sustained against Connacht in round two of the URC and has now now commenced his rehabilitation but is not expected back for 12 weeks.
Huw Jones is undergoing ongoing assessment by the club’s medical team on a foot injury sustained against Connacht, and will be looking to return to action in the coming weeks.
Jack Dempsey is being managed by the club’s medical team after returning with a wrist injury from the Rugby World Cup.
Jack Mann and Richie Simpson continue to work their way through the return to play protocols following their respective concussions earlier this year.
JP du Preez and Fraser Brown are continuing their respective rehabilitation processes following their respective knee injuries.
Murphy Walker (calf) and Facundo Cordero (ankle) continue to work through their return to play pathways following their respective injuries.
Euan Ferrie has returned to team training following an ankle injury.