Scotland centre Matt Scott is set to return to action for Edinburgh in Friday’s Guinness PRO14 fixture against Leinster.
Should he be involved, it will end a frustrating period for Scott who rejoined from Gloucester last summer.
The 28 year old suffered a head knock in the Heineken Champions Cup tie at home to Toulon in October. The following day he joined the Scotland squad preparing for the autumn tests. Only then did he realise that he was suffering from symptoms of concussion.
It has taken Scott much longer than anticipated to recover fully. In a frank interview with the Sunday Times, he explained his frustration and his fears.
“The hardest thing was feeling like a spare part. You can understand why there will always be players who put themselves in a compromised position”, he said. And he admitted that he could have returned sooner if he had been dishonest about his health.
“I could have played months ago. There’s no way of telling if someone has headaches or not – it’s just up to them to say”, he added.
He has now been pain free for several weeks and will resume with Edinburgh at a key time for the club. Several disappointing results mean Richard Cockerill’s men must finish the campaign strongly to secure a Champions Cup spot for next season.
And for Scott, there is the added incentive of forcing his way into the reckoning for World Cup selection. However, for now, performing well for Edinburgh is a priority over adding to his 39 caps.
Written by Colin Renton