All Blacks international Nehe Milner-Skudder has been sidelined for six weeks after suffering a foot injury.
The 5ft 11in fullback sustained the blow while playing for his club Hurricanes during the Super Rugby encounter against Chiefs on Saturday. Milner-Skudder underwent scans following the game which revealed a stress fracture in his right foot.
The 26-year-old expressed his disappointment on the injury and is hoping to have a successful rehabilitation period.
"It's disappointing, but these things happen in rugby," Milner-Skudder said.
"All I can do is focus on the rehab and making sure I do everything right to get back on the field.
"The encouraging thing is the medical staff don't believe there will be any long term issues. It was just a freak accident."
Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd believes it is tough to ascertain a time frame for Milner-Skudder's return.
"That all depends on how quickly he heals, so it's just speculation at this point, but the sooner the better."
Hurricanes are currently third in New Zealand conference group with 10 points from three matches.