Scotland forward Grant Gilchrist looks set to miss next year’s Six Nations after suffering a setback with the groin injury he picked up at the Rugby World Cup.
The 25-year-old Edinburgh lock, who had only recently returned from a broken arm, had his tournament ended when he was hurt in the second pool game against the United States. He was initially hopeful of returning to action last month but a second scan revealed the problem was more complex and required surgery.
Gilchrist’s club coach Alan Solomons said yesterday: “It’s difficult to tell with these things but we’re talking months not weeks.
“You try to deal with the thing conservatively but we got to the stage where it was felt by the specialist that it was best to operate. He’s a little bit uncomfortable and on crutches but we have a great medical team here and they’ll get him back as soon as they can.”
Scotland open their Six Nations campaign against England at BT Murrayfield on 6 February and it looks unlikely Gilchrist will play any part in the tournament.
Last year the 12-times capped forward was named as national coach Vern Cotter’s captain for the November Tests but he broke his arm in a European Challenge Cup match against Lyon and missed that series and the rest of the season.