Rob Moffat insists Scotland international Craig Hamilton's career isn't over yet ahead of Edinburgh's must-win Magners League clash at Newport Gwent Dragons.
The 30-year-old lock hasn't featured for Moffat's troops since suffering a serious neck injury against Ospreys at the start of March and won't be around for the trip to Newport.
And Moffat - whose side need to beat the Dragons to keep their hopes of a Magners League play-off place alive - is adamant Hamilton isn't done yet.
"Even at 30, there are a few years left in Craig rugby-wise,"said Moffat. "It is very frustrating for any player who is told to do nothing at all.
"Craig has just been given clearance to run either on a treadmill or outside and next week will start working with a ball again. After that, he'll return for another medical examination before resuming contact training."
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.