David Denton has been sidelined by a hamstring injury
Scotland No.8 David Denton faces a race to be fit for the autumn internationals after he began his recuperation from a hamstring injury suffered in training.
The 24-year-old featured in all five of Scotland's RBS 6 Nations contests this year, including the comeback victory over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.
However, his year took a turn for the worse when he was forced to sit out Scotland's whistle-stop summer tour to the Americas and South Africa with concussion.
His latest setback came during a game of touch rugby as Edinburgh gear up for the new season. And, while head coach Alan Solomons is making contingency plans for his back row, Scotland could yet see Denton play some part in the November visits from Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga.
"Dents will be out for a while. He definitely will not start the season and I think we will be looking at November or December for him to be back playing," Solomons told the Edinburgh Evening Post.
"He did nothing for seven weeks over the summer because of the concussions he had and we were very cautious bringing him up to speed with training.
"It is just one of those things you know, the guys were playing a conditioning game and unfortunately he was injured."
Andrew Trimble may have just been appointed Ulster's new skipper for their domestic campaign, but the Ireland star admits his thoughts are already turning towards taking down the All Blacks in the autumn.