Al Strokosch says he will return to training this week in a bid to make the Six Nations clash with Wales on March 9.
The Perpignan flanker, originally from Stewartfield, fractured a bone close to his eye just 15 minutes into the Six Nations opener with England earlier this month and had to leave the field.
But the damage wasn’t as bad as was first feared with the former East Kilbride Rugby Club player now targeting a return to national duty next month.
And Strokosch, who became a father for the second time last month when his wife Kirsty gave birth to baby Aaron, revealed being sidelined has had its perks.
Speaking to the News from his house in France, he said: “The injury wasn’t a sore one but it’s one of those injuries that’s just a real pain in the backside, to be honest, because it’s just a case of waiting for it to heal.
“There was not much to do once the surgeon ruled out surgery, but I haven’t been allowed to train for the past two weeks because I can’t have any excess air going through my eye as it could cause an infection.
“So I’ve just been sitting at home for the past couple of weeks.
“But it’s been great because it’s allowed me the chance to spend a lot of time with the kids, Laila and Aaron.
“That’s been the bright side of it all — I didn’t think I would get to spend this much time with Aaron so early on, so that’s been a bonus.
“But I’ll be starting back training this week and the Wales game is my target.”
Strokosch missed Scotland’s 34-10 win over Italy at Murrayfield last weekend and will be absent from Sunday’s team to face Ireland.
However, he was delighted to see the team record their first win in two years against Italy a fortnight ago and believes the team are in with a shout of glory in this year’s tournament.
He added: “It was very pleasing to see the guys take the game to Italy and win.
“I was still with the camp on the Wednesday before the game and the coaches were looking for us to show the physicality that was missing against England.
“So for them go out and do that against Italy was great to see.
“I can’t remember the last time we scored four tries in a game or when we had such a commanding performance.
“It’s a great positive for the team and I’m sure they’ll be keen to produce the same kind of performance against Ireland this weekend.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve been three games into the tournament and still been in with a shot of the championship. It’s a great position to be in.
“Obviously, England are leading the way but we’ve got a chance now and I hope I can get back soon and help the team.”
● Scotland play Ireland at Murrayfield on Sunday. Kick-off is 2pm and the game is live on BBC One HD.