Guinness PRO12: Sean Kennedy sidelined for up to six months

Edinburgh scrum-half joins his cousin Grant Gilchrist in being ruled out of the rest of the season after undergoing surgery

Sean Kennedy
Sean Kennedy is the third Gunners player to be sidelined for the rest of the season Photo by Jason O'Callaghan

Sean Kennedy has been ruled out for the rest of the season after having surgery on an injured shoulder.

The scrum-half has made just six appearances in the Guinness PRO12 this season for Edinburgh Rugby as well three off the bench in the European Challenge Cup.

Sean underwent surgery yesterday for an ongoing shoulder complaint and will be out of rugby for four to six months

Edinburgh Rugby statement

His last appearance for the Gunners came in a nine-minute cameo off the bench in their 38-20 win over Bordeaux Begles in January.

The 23-year-old, who is under contract with the club until June 2016, is the third Edinburgh player to be ruled out of the rest of the season.

Kennedy’s cousin Grant Gilchrist is already ruled out until the summer to allow him to recover from corrective surgery to a broken arm with a view to being available for Scotland’s Rugby World Cup training squad in the summer.

Back-row forward Cornell du Preez is still out with a broken leg sustained in the same European Challenge Cup match at Gilchrist’s injury in October, and is unlikely to return.

“Sean underwent surgery yesterday for an ongoing shoulder complaint and will be out of rugby for four to six months,” said an Edinburgh Rugby statement.

“He is under the care of consultants at Spire Murrayfield Hospital and the Edinburgh Rugby medical team.

“Everyone at Edinburgh wishes Sean well with his recovery.”

With Sam Hidalgo-Clyne breaking into the Scotland squad during the RBS 6 Nations campaign, Kennedy’s injury has hit Edinburgh’s resources at scrum-half.

While Grayson Hart has taken charge of the number nine jersey in the duo’s absence, head coach Alan Solomons has drafted in Sale Sharks youngster Nathan Fowles on a three-month loan deal to provide cover.

He’s a talented player, a confident player, a strong little guy and I think he’ll be an asset to Edinburgh.

Alan Solomons on loan signing Nathan Fowles

The 21-year-old, who qualifies for Scotland through his Edinburgh-born grandfather, began the season involved in the Sharks’ LV=Cup campaign and made three appearances off the bench in their European Champions Cup campaign.

After being parachuted on to the bench as an unused replacement for Edinburgh’s defeat to Ulster at BT Murrayfield last month, Fowles made his debut with a second-half appearance 13 minutes from time in the Gunners’ 21-15 defeat at Cardiff Blues last week.

And he keeps his place on the bench for this weekend’s away match in Benetton Treviso, despite Hidalgo-Clyne returning from international duty with Solomons impressed with how the Rochdale-born bright young thing has taken to life at Edinburgh.

“He’s settled in well,” Solomons said before the match against the Blues.

“I’ve been very impressed with him. He’s intelligent, so he’s absorbed the systems very quickly, both in defence and attack.

“I came down last week when Derek Paterson takes our scrummies and he’s got a beautiful service; he’s a very good box kicker.

“He’s a talented player, a confident player, a strong little guy and I think he’ll be an asset to Edinburgh.”

Solomons also hinted at the possibility of keeping Fowles at the club beyond the end of the season, if he goes well between now and the rest of the season.

“We’ve got to look at that,” he added.

“He’s here on loan at the moment and it’s a great opportunity to really get to know the boy, and to get to see him interact with the other players.

“At the moment, everything is positive about him.

“I’m impressed with him as an individual and he’s got talent.”

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