Sean Everitt hopes Jake Henry will make a quick return from injury after the winger picked up a hamstring problem in training.

Henry has been impressive over the last four games since making his Edinburgh debut following a couple of years on the sidelines.

Serious knee and Achilles injuries kept him out of action for extended periods before he finally got his chance last month.

He’s been ruled out of this weekend’s game against Scarlets because of the issue sustained during the week, with Matt Currie moving to the wing among seven changes to the team from Edinburgh's Challenge Cup defeat to the Sharks last week. 

They’ve had two trips to South Africa as well as the last 16 Challenge Cup win over Bayonne, and off the back of the Six Nations, Everitt felt it was time to give some players a rest.

Sam Skinner and Hamish Watson aren’t involved at all against Scarlets, while the front-row trio of Pierre Schoeman, Ewan Ashman and WP Nel all drop to the bench.

Henry’s injury was the main concern though and Everitt said: “We sent Jake for a scan yesterday. We don’t know the outcome, but I don’t think it will be too long. Maybe a couple of weeks.

"It didn’t look too severe on the field, but he has carried a load after not playing rugby for a period of time, so we’ll give him time to recover.

“We have games this weekend and next, and then there is a break, so hopefully he’ll be back after that.” 

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Matt Currie moves out to the wing and plays in the back three alongside Duhan van der Merwe and Wes Goosen, while James Lang partners Mark Bennett in the midfield.

It’s not a position Currie is overly familiar with and his head coach admits it is a bit of an experiment but they believe he has the attributes to cover as required.

It also provides Everitt with an opportunity to give Lang more game-time ahead of the URC run-in as they try to get themselves a home quarter-final.

When asked about Currie moving to the wing, he continued: “The thinking behind it was that we needed to get James Lang back on the field and playing and we need to balance the minutes out.

“Matt Currie has carried a big load as well this season, but we just felt that with the games coming up, it would be good to try him on the wing.

"I know that he played there last season and got good feedback, so it is an experiment more than anything else.

“Matt has got pace. If you look at the try he scored which was then disallowed against the Sharks, he showed great pace there. 

"He’s carrying a lot of confidence and he’s willing to give it a go, so that is brilliant."

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Boan Venter, Dave Cherry and Javan Sebastian will start in the front row for this one with Jamie Hodgson partnering Grant Gilchrist in the engine room.

Watson is replaced by fellow Scotland international Luke Crosbie, who will start his first game since picking up a shoulder injury in the Six Nations opener in Wales. He joins Jamie Ritchie and Bill Mata in an experienced back-row. 

It means there’s a very strong bench with Schoeman, Nel and Ashman all regulars in the Scotland team and Everitt felt it was the right time to give them a lighter load for the night.

He said: “What often happens is that your front-row are coming on for the last 20 minutes and are not getting an opportunity to get match fitness in. In saying that, Dave Cherry, Boan, Javan and D’Arcy [Rae] have done well for us over the last two weeks.

“They certainly got ascendancy in the scrum in the second half of the URC game against the Sharks, and did very well against Bayonne and did well against the Sharks again on Saturday. So, it will be great to get some more game-time.

“We know in this competition that anything can happen as far as injuries are concerned, and then you have the likes of Pierre and WP coming off the bench later in the game, so for me it was more about spreading the game-time around the front-rows.”

The teams

Edinburgh Rugby: Wes Goosen, Matt Currie, Mark Bennett, James Lang, Duhan van der Merwe, Ben Healy, Ali Price; Boan Venter, Dave Cherry, Javan Sebastian, Jamie Hodgson, Grant Gilchrist (captain), Jamie Ritchie, Luke Crosbie, Viliame Mata

Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Pierre Schoeman, WP Nel, Marshall Sykes, Connor Boyle, Ben Vellacott, Cammy Scott, Chris Dean

Scarlets: Ioan Nicholas, Tom Rogers, Johnny Williams, Eddie James, Tomi Lewis,  Sam Costelow, Gareth Davies; Kemsley Mathias, Ryan Elias (capt), Sam Wainwright, Alex Craig, Sam Lousi, Taine Plumtree, Dan Davis, Vaea Fifita.

Replacements: Shaun Evans, Wyn Jones, Harri O’Connor, Morgan Jones, Carwyn Tuipulotu, Archie Hughes, Dan Jones, Ryan Conbeer