The Tigers lock has 13 senior caps, including three starting appearances during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Head coach Frank Hadden also confirmed that Sale Sharks back row Jason White would continue as Scotland captain.
Omitted from the squad since the World Cup are lock Scott Murray, prop Craig Smith and hooker Scott Lawson but Hadden says there is still a chance to push for places in the Six Nations.
Marcus Di Rollo is also absent after a commitment to make himself available exclusively for his new club, Toulouse, during this season’s Championship. He is, though, keen to push for a Scotland place again in the future.
Scotland squad for training:
Backs – Mike Blair, Ben Cairns (Edinburgh), Chris Cusiter (Perpignan), Simon Danielli (Ulster), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Rory Lamont (Sale Sharks), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Calum MacRae (Edinburgh), Graeme Morrison, Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Paterson (Gloucester), Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh), Nikki Walker (The Ospreys), Simon Webster (Edinburgh)
Forwards – John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown (all Glasgow Warriors), Dave Callam (Edinburgh), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), James Hamilton (Leicester Tigers), Nathan Hines (Perpignan), Allister Hogg, Allan Jacobsen (both Edinburgh), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), Gavin Kerr (Edinburgh), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), Scott MacLeod (Llanelli Scarlets), Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester), Fergus Thomson (Glasgow Warriors) and Jason White (Sale Sharks, captain)
Injured but invited to the training session: Andrew Henderson (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Taylor (Stade Francais), Rob Dewey (Ulster).