Scotland captain Mike Blair insists he will be fit for the start of the season despite undergoing an operation on his ribs this week.
The scrum-half - who has led the side since the RBS 6 Nations in the absence of the injured Jason White - aggravated a long-standing rib injury during the side's tour of Argentina.
The Edinburgh star underwent surgery hours after returning to Scotland earlier this week.
Blair said the problem was "nothing drastic, just a bit uncomfortable when I sleep on it".
The 27-year-old - who is a leading contender to captain the Lions on their tour of South Africa this time next year - insisted he would only require a few weeks rest before beginning pre-season training with Edinburgh.
Blair won his 50th cap as Scotland beat the Pumas 26-14 at Velez Sarsfield to draw the two-Test series in the Southern Hemisphere.
Assistant coach Richie Murphy has refused to rule any Ireland player out ahead of their RBS 6 Nations clash with France this weekend after Leinster back Fergus McFadden was called up to the squad as cover.