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."
While Scotland were not able to live up to expectations in a tough 2015 RBS 6 Nations campaign, captain Greig Laidlaw insists none of his new-look side's problems are insurmountable given a little more time together.
After losing their Under-20s Six Nations crown to England Under-20s in a thrilling final round, France Under-20s lock Tristan Labouteley insists his side will be out for revenge at this year's Junior World Championship.