Steve Turnbull is relishing the prospect of his first taste of competitive action for almost a year when Edinburgh face Watsonians in a practice match tomorrow.
He suffered a fractured dislocation of his left ankle during a training session which wrecked last year’s campaign for the 22-year-old lock.
However, he has now put his injury woes behind him and has been rewarded for his hard work in the treatment room with a comeback match against the Premier One team.
He said: “To be honest, it will be a big occasion for me.
“It has been a long and frustrating year, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to playing rugby again.
“My ankle feels really good. I’ve slowly been progressing my training over the past few weeks and it is feeling really strong and I’m confident going into the game.”
Turnbull is now aiming to steer clear of the treatment room during the forthcoming season and break into Edinburgh’s engine room.
He added: “It was just a training ground accident. As a professional rugby player, we always want to be able to play, but when something like that happens then you can’t do what you love to do.
“It is frustrating, but you accept that these things happen in the game and it is all about how you deal with it and move on.
“I think I’ve come through it quite well and now I’m just looking forward to enjoying an injury-free season and getting some game-time.”
Admission for the match is free and it will hand Edinburgh fans a first opportunity to see summer signings Tim Visser, Steve Jones and Davie Young in action.