Wing Darcy Graham will miss Edinburgh’s festive fixtures and could also be absent for the beginning of the Six Nations after sustaining a knee injury.
The 25-year-old suffered the issue in his club’s 38-17 defeat to Munster in the United Rugby Championship at the weekend.
Edinburgh have confirmed that Graham has picked up medial ligament damage and will be absent until February.
Missing important fixtures
The wing won’t be available for the whole of the Champions Cup group stage, which starts this weekend and finishes in January, in a blow for head coach Mike Blair.
That match takes place on February 4 at Twickenham as the Scots attempt to win the Calcutta Cup for the third year in a row.
The speedster has impressed this season, scoring 13 tries in 10 games for club and country, and his absence will certainly hamper Edinburgh in the immediate term.
Blair’s men open their European campaign against three-time champions Saracens this weekend before they take on Castres.
And prop Pierre Schoeman knows that they will have to raise their intensity for these big Champions Cup encounters.
Must be focused
“The pressure is much more on us to be at our best, whether that’s in the carry, the contact area or set-piece,” Schoeman said.
“It’s almost like Test-match rugby for these big European games, especially against Saracens, who are on form.
“I know some of their players are going to come back full of confidence to club rugby after the autumn Tests and they are going to want to prove themselves.
“You can’t have weak moments or lack of focus in these games because good quality sides like that will sniff you out and catch you.”