Ross Ford and Dave Denton could make Edinburgh return on Sunday
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons hopeful Scotland duo will make injury comebacks against London Welsh
Alan Solomons believes Scotland duo Ross Ford and Dave Denton could return for Edinburgh’s clash with London Welsh on Sunday.
The Gunners head coach has had to cope with a devastating injury list over the last two months, exacerbated by losing five players during the European Challenge Cup win over Lyon in October.
But the Scottish club could receive a timely boost ahead with hooker Ford (back) and number 8 Denton (shoulder), as well as loosehead prop Alasdair Dickinson (Achilles), expected to return, and the South African coach sees light at the end of the tunnel after a difficult period.
“I’m hoping Ross Ford and David Denton are both going to be available [for Sunday],” Solomons said.
“Al Dickinson may be another week, but it’s good Anton [Bresler] got on and got playing.
“Hopefully guys will slowly but surely start trickling back, I think Dicko maybe against Treviso.
“You don’t just come back and play – it takes the guys time.
“If we can just get the bulk of our guys back and get game after game after game to build some consistency it’s going to make a massive difference to us.
“Then we’ll see the benefit of the strength in depth that we’ve built.
“At the moment, we’ve got nine front line players out — that’s huge.
“For any team, that’s massive. Glasgow are a splendid side, but you could see it against the Scarlets when they had eight or nine guys out — they struggled.”
If we can just get the bulk of our guys back and get game after game after game to build some consistency it’s going to make a massive difference to us.
Also still on the sidelines for Edinburgh are lock and vice-captain Grant Gilchrist, centre Phil Burleigh, outside-half Carl Bezeuidenhout, props Allan Dell and Wicus Blaauw, loose forwards Cornell du Preez and Hamish Watson, American wing Brett Thompson, and youngsters Hugh Fraser and Jamie Farndale.
Wing Dougie Fife also had to be withdrawn from the starting XV before Sunday’s 25-13 win over London Welsh at BT Murrayfield with a hamstring problem.
“His hamstring was bothering him today,” Solomons said after the win.
“Our medics are great. [Head physio] Stuart Paterson said to me he’s not going to make this game.
“Fortunately we were forewarned about it and we had Tom Brown. We withdrew him from the club game [for Boroughmuir] and had him at the captain’s run, so Tommy was here and ready to play.”
Solomons’ depleted squad faces a tough test in the coming weeks with three important Guinness PRO12 matches after the European contest with the Exiles at the Kassam Stadium.
Benetton Treviso head to BT Murrayfield just five days later, before the biggest two weeks of Edinburgh’s season as the 1872 Cup double header against inter-city rivlas Glasgow Warriors returns.