PA Sport - Mon, 26 Apr 22:11:00 2010
National team talisman Paterson is close to completing his recovery from the damage to his right kidney that has sidelined him since his country's Six Nations defeat in Wales in February. The 32-year-old was barely five minutes into celebrating becoming the first Scot to earn 100 caps when he sustained a serious injury that saw him hospitalised for days.
Paterson will not play for Edinburgh again this term but told Press Association Sport: "I would like to be considered for playing and getting back playing as soon as possible."
On the prospect of playing a part in Argentina, he added: "I would like to be fit for then.
"Whether there would be an opportunity to play rugby to be match fit, I don't know. All these things, I think, are open at the moment.
"(Scotland coach) Andy Robinson has got so much respect for his medical staff and I suppose the call lies with them to start with. I'm sure he'd like to consider me for the summer but, at the moment, I'm not playing.
"It's not an injury you can rehab; it's not like an ankle, a knee or a shoulder you can work on to make stronger. It's a vital organ that heals in it's own time, and it's something you don't push."
Paterson has lifted the lid on the full extent of the problem, describing how he attempted to play on at the Millennium Stadium before the pain became too much to bear.
"It's the worst I've ever felt," he revealed. "Usually, if you get hit, of course it's sore, but it goes away. With this, it was excruciating - and it got worse."
"I've been hit God knows how many times over my 20 years playing rugby - and it's never happened. It was a crazy set of circumstances."