EDINBURGH and Scotland winger Dougie Fife has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his hand.
The Scotland international suffered ligament damage to his thumb during the club’s 9-3 defeat by Ulster and had an operation in Leeds on Monday.
The 23-year-old, who made his international debut in Cardiff earlier this month, is expected to be out for two months.
Head coach Alan Solomons said: “This is really disappointing news for Dougie and the club.
“He has developed and performed well for us this season, which culminated in his first Scotland cap in the recent RBS 6 Nations, so it’s a pity that his best season of senior rugby has been brought to a premature end.
“However, as always at times of player injury, it presents others with opportunities to play and promote themselves into contention for regular selection.”
Solomons is expected to have Tim Visser back in contention for a place on the wing next month after the club’s record try scorer resumed light training following his leg break.