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Denton and Jones face time on the sidelines

Guinness PRO12 Editor

11 May 2012

Edinburgh duo David Denton and Lee Jones face a fight to be fully fit for the start of next season’s RaboDirect PRO12 after picking up injuries that have ruled them out of Scotland’s summer tour.

While Andy Robinson prepares to announce his squad for Scotland’s Test matches against Australia, Fiji and Samoa, he will not be able to call on the Gunners pair that have impressed on the international stage.

Wing Jones suffered a fractured right shoulder in Edinburgh’s Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Ulster while No.8 Denton has damaged ankle ligaments.

Edinburgh will be keen to improve on this year’s RaboDirect PRO12 finish, having ended this campaign second from bottom, and will be keeping their fingers crossed that Denton and Jones’ rehabilitations don’t hit any snags.

Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "Lee suffered the fracture in the Heineken Cup semi-final loss to Ulster last month.

“Injuries of this nature typically resolve over the course of six to eight weeks, so he will not be available for the tour.

“David sustained the ankle injury in the final game of the league season against Treviso last weekend and subsequent scanning of the joint revealed damage to the ligaments.

“Following consultation with John McKinley, the ankle specialist at Spire Murrayfield Hospital, David will not require surgery but will now embark on a prolonged period of rehabilitation, which will rule him out of the summer tour.

“His estimated return would be between eight to 10 weeks.”