Scotland international Stuart Hogg is set to undergo a lengthy rehabilitation period after he underwent a surgery on his ankle on Thursday.
The 26-year-old suffered the injury when playing for his club Glasgow Warriors during the Pro14 clash against Munster earlier this month and decided to go under the knife after a consultation with a specialist.
As a result, Hogg will be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks which effectively puts him out of contention for the autumn internationals for Scotland.
“I’m gutted to be missing some important games for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland over the next few months.
“My focus just now is working hard and getting fit, so I can play my part in what is a long season.
“I’d like to thank the medical staff at Glasgow Warriors and BMI Ross Hall Hospital for all their care and support.”
Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie expressed regret on the news and is hopeful of him making a successful recovery.
“Hoggy injured his ankle in the game against Munster and then flew to South Africa with the squad for our PRO14 matches against the Cheetahs and the Kings," said Rennie.
“He didn’t train over here as it often takes a few days for the swelling to go down and he returned home when we realised it was more serious than we thought.
“It’s frustrating for him. He got himself in extremely good nick for the start of the season and was arguably one of the best players on the park in the opening two games.
"But it’s a long old season, he’s a resilient man and we’re looking forward to seeing him back out there soon.”
Glasgow Warriors currently are at the top of the Conference A in the ongoing season of Pro14 with three wins from as many games.