Former Scotland wing Kenny Logan believes Simon Taylor's hamstring injury has robbed him of an almost certain British & Irish Lions Test start.
Taylor was forced to fly home from his second consecutive Lions tour after a hamstring strain failed to clear up.
With Logan's former Wasps team-mate Lawrence Dallaglio also ruled out of the tour after sustaining a broken ankle in the first match against Bay of Plenty, Logan reckons Taylor was set to deputise at number eight until injury struck the 25-year-old yet again.
A knee injury saw him return home from the last tour to Australia four years ago after only 45 minutes of play and, having only just returned from another knee problem, to not even get on to the pitch this time round has left Logan "gutted" for his friend.
Speaking as he helped launch a charity bike ride round all four home nations' rugby grounds in aid of Nephrotic Syndrome charity NeST, he said: "I'm really gutted for him. I've played with Simon for a long time and it's disappointing for him, especially after the last Lions tour.
"With Lawrence going he would probably have had a big chance of being in the Test team.
"He will have another Lions tour and he's been lucky because some people don't get as close to a tour as he's got.
"But I'm devastated for him because he's a top player, one of Scotland's best players, and to then not get a chance, especially after what happened in his first tour, is very sad."
However, Logan has higher hopes for the remaining two Scots on the tour, scrum-half Chris Cusiter and hooker Gordon Bulloch.
He added: "I think Cusiter will be behind Dwayne Peel, but at the moment I think it's between the two of them. Cusiter has played well in the games he's come on and in the games he's started.
"I think Gordon Bulloch is playing pretty well. His throwing in is good so that puts pressure on Steve Thompson and I don't think he won't be involved for the first Test."
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