Squad update: Edinburgh lose Hamish Watson for several weeks with facial injury

Scotland skipper Jamie Ritchie returns to training

Hamish Watson is out of action for several weeks after suffering a facial injury playing for Edinburgh last weekend. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Hamish Watson will make a landmark 150th appearance as part of a very strong Edinburgh back row to face Zebre. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

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.

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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.

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  1. I thought at the time if Watson is morning then likely there WAS something going on, the referres dismissing and the no video replays compounded the whole matter.
    I do think there’s a certain naivety about Scottish rugby, we try and play rugby whilst often our opponents simply try and stop us playing rugby….. which ,alas, isn’t pretty but a very successful ploy for some.
    Scotland /Edinburgh (Glasgow to a lesser extent) need more “dog”.
    Remember the irish teams hated Ryan Wilson because he got stuck in physically and verbally

  2. There needs to be independent auditing of the TMO footage. Saw it in the RWC when Irish player had foot on line n ref said TMO had cleared it. Officiating is nothing short of corrupt in pro rugby and hopefully the lawyers for the ex players are gathering all of this evidence for the class action.

  3. I recall Watson repeatedly mentioning to the ref about the head contact which caused the injury for about 5 minutes, only to be shooed away by the referee. Unacceptable and the game could have gone very differently with a red card for Leinster early in the game (not that edinburgh deserved to win).

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