Matt Mustchin admits he was disappointed to be ruled out of contention for the RBS 6 Nations campaign with Scotland, but he says the blow was softened by the treatment he received at local hospital, Spire Murrayfield.
The Edinburgh lock forward, who has won five caps, suffered ankle ligament damage during the David Lloyd 1872 Cup match at Glasgow at the beginning of the month.
As a result, the 31-year-old underwent an operation last Friday (16 January) and thanked the surgeon and staff at Spire Murrayfield for ensuring he received top-class treatment.
Mustchin said: “It was quite a big disappointment to miss out on the Six Nations, but I had to get this injury fixed.
“If I had played for either Edinburgh or Scotland then I wouldn’t have done myself justice.
“I think when you play international rugby you have to be in great shape and the set-back took a few days to sink in.
“But I’ve got to get myself right, so that I can play to the best of my abilities when I come back.
“The operation went well; the surgeon repaired the ligaments and he was happy with the outcome.
“The treatment at Spire was brilliant and I was really happy I could go there rather than travel down to London or Manchester – they really looked after me there.”
Mustchin is expected to be out of action for three months, but he believes he will make a full recovery from the injury.
He added: “I get the cast taken off on Monday and then I will have to wear a protective boot, so I will take it from there.
“It is a disappointment, but I am determined to come back stronger, although it will be tough not being involved for a while.”