BRUCE Campbell has been slapped with a two-week ban following his red card against Glasgow Hawks last Saturday.
The scrum half was dismissed with ten minutes remaining and learned his fate after a hearing at Murrayfield on Wednesday night,
And, with regular scrum half Greg Cottrell out injured, it has added further strain on the Greens squad.
Frantic attempts by coach Phil Leck to field a replacement from Manchester proved fruitless, which means utility back Gary Johnstone is likely to take on the role for today’s trip to Edinburgh Accies.
Leck said: “The decision is a disappointment, but it’s happened, it’s gone and we can’t do anything about it.
“Rocky (Johnstone) will do a great job, he always does no matter where he plays.”
With a mounting injury list the good news for the Greens is the inclusion of assigned professionals Rob McAlpine, Michael Fedo and James Johnstone, although these were still to be confirmed at the time of going to press.
Johnstone (centre) and Fedo (prop) are both members of the Scotland Sevens squad.
Leck said: “Their inclusion should really helps us.”
Another welcome boost is the return of stand-off Rory Hutton, who is expected to start this afternoon’s match on the bench.
“I’m absolutely delighted that Rory will be fit to take his place on the bench. That’s a big bonus for us,” added Leck.