Edinburgh Rugby’s Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge admits Alasdair Dickinson is “absolutely distraught” at his latest injury setback.

Dickinson, making his return from a foot problem, was forced off the field after 49 minutes on a stretcher in Edinburgh’s Guinness PRO12 loss to the Ospreys on Friday night at Myreside.

There had been hopes in some quarters that the 33-year-old loosehead prop would come through this one and be available for a Scotland return against England on Saturday, but that will not happen now.

After the match Hodge said: “I don’t know the exact details of the injury, but it looks like his foot again and it’s terrible for Dicko and he’ll be absolutely distraught.

“You can imagine what he’s been through the last nine months having a hamstring injury and then a foot problem that had seen him play just three club matches in 2016/17 before Friday. To be back on the field for 49 minutes and get carted off, it’s not what anyone wanted to see.”

Meanwhile, there is now a break in league action for three weeks and it has probably come at a good time for an Edinburgh squad who have lost five league matches on the spin.

After the 13-9 loss to the Ospreys, Hodge stated: “I am just so frustrated because we had a lot of possession and territory once again, but have come out on the wrong side of yet another game.

“In the early stages we had a lot of the ball, but they then scored a well-worked try and they just managed to edge us out.

“As for Magnus Bradbury, he looks like he has hurt his knee and it is just our luck at the moment that we get more injuries in the positions – prop and back-row – where we are really up against it.”

Alasdair Dickinson is pictured packing down against the Ospreys by David Gibson/FOTOSPORT

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