France head coach Fabien Galthie has revealed that Charles Ollivon is likely to miss the upcoming Six Nations campaign.
The 28-year-old has failed to make sufficient recovery from a knee injury that he sustained last year and Galthie believes second half of the season would be a realistic target for Ollivon to make a comeback.
“Charles is in our list of 75 players [that are being followed], but he is on the comeback trail,” he said.
“He hopes to be back at the start of February. We will follow him closely and we keep in touch. There is no reason why he won’t be back in the squad in the medium term.
“In all honesty, in the short-term, I think the Six Nations will be too early for him.
“Let’s focus perhaps on the second half of the season. That gives him the time to avoid rushing things.
“You know his journey, Charles spent a long time recovering from a shoulder and shoulder blade issue that almost forced him to stop.
“I don’t think that a ligament injury will stop him. He is a tenacious, exemplary guy for many of us. He is strengthening mentally.”
France will kick-start their Six Nations campaign with a clash against Italy to be played in Paris on 6th February.