Sale Sharks will miss the services of Josh Beaumont for three months after the lock sustained a bicep injury during the recently concluded Aviva Premiership encounter against Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop on Friday.
The 25-year-old suffered the blow during the closing stages of the first half after snapping the muscle's tendon and was forced off the field.
The news was confirmed by the club's rugby director Steve Diamond, who expressed his full backing for Beaumont.
"Josh will be out for three months. It's a blow as he had been playing really well and had adapted brilliantly to playing in the second row," Sale Sharks' director of rugby Steve Diamond said.
"He's had a few injury setbacks but he's only 23 and he's still a young lad. He's getting all the support he needs and I'm sure that he will come back bigger and stronger."
Injuries to Beaumont, Johnny Leota and Will Addison meant the club is on the lookout for for "world class" signings at lock and centre.
"The message has gone out to agents that whether it is a short-term deal for three months or a long-term agreement for three years we are actively in the market for players in those two positions," Diamond concluded.
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