Edinburgh and Scotland loose-head prop Rory Sutherland remains to be awaiting news about whether or not he wants surgical procedure on the shoulder damage sustained throughout the last match of this yr’s Six Nations three weeks in the past, however even when an operation isn’t required then it appears extremely unlikely that the 27-year-old will be capable of show his health in time to tour with the Lions this summer season.
The squad for that journey to South Africa will likely be named in two-and-a-half weeks’ time on Thursday sixth May, with the Lions taking part in a warm-up match in opposition to Japan at Murrayfield on twenty sixth June instantly earlier than departure for South Africa.
“Rory Sutherland is having extra scans on his shoulder to resolve whether or not he wants surgical procedure or whether or not it could possibly simply be rehabbed,” mentioned Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill.
“First prognosis was lots higher than it may have been, doubtlessly, so we’re hoping now that Rory may have one other scan which can present a bit extra element and, hopefully, we’ll be capable of keep away from the surgeon’s knife.”
“It would nonetheless be a number of weeks if it was non-surgical,” Cockerill added. “It would put him within the timeframes doubtlessly to be in and round a few of these excursions however it could be contact and go I feel.”
Sutherland’s fellow Hawick man Darcy Graham can be going through a prolonged interval out of motion with the winger havig undergone surgical procedure on a long-standing shoulder damage.
“That was scanned final week and the very best type of remedy, given the place we’re within the season, is to have surgical procedure to restore the damage, and that can most likely be the very best a part of between 12 and 16 weeks to get well,” defined Cockerill.
Meanwhile, the prognosis was extra constructive for hooker Stuart McInally, who has been out of motion because the begin of January with a neck damage. Cockerill mentioned he hopes to have the previous Scotland captain again in motion for the ultimate 1872 Cup sport of the season in opposition to Glasgow Warriors in two weeks’ time.
Edinburgh kick off their Rainbow Cup marketing campaign by welcoming Zebre to Murrayfield subsequent Friday night time.