Leicester Tigers fullback Telusa Veainu is set to face a lengthy period on the sidelines following a double fracture to his jaw that he sustained during the recently concluded European Champions Cup encounter against Munster at Thomond Park.
The 26-year-old sustained the blow in the 45th minute of the game following a collision with Munster wing Andrew Conway and will undergo a surgery.
"It is very disappointing," Leicester head coach Matt O'Connor told the club's official website, while also confirming an expected absence of several months for Veainu.
"I said immediately after the game there is a duty of care for the ball-carrier, and Telusa has been seriously injured after a collision with an opposition's shoulder and head which will make him miss a key part of the season.
"We look forward to his full recovery and getting him back on the field in due course."
The 33-10 defeat to Munster was Leicester's second in the ongoing European Champions Cup campaign as they are positioned third in Pool 4 and will line-up against the same opposition next weekend at Welford Road.