Wales international Dan Biggar will miss the opening three rounds of the upcoming Six Nations tournament following a shoulder injury.
The 28-year-old sustained the injury when he was representing his club Ospreys during the recently concluded European Champions Cup game against Clermont Auvergne.
Biggar will become the second leading fly-half for Wales, who will miss the start of the Six Nations tournament with Rhys Priestland already sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Wales are already without Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau and Jonathan Davies, while Liam Williams and George North have just returned from injuries.
Gloucester’s Owen Williams is more likely to start for Wales in the opening game against Scotland and will have Rhys Patchell and Gareth Anscombe backing up for the number 10 slot.
Wales will face Scotland at Principality Stadium on 3rd February in their Six Nations tournament opener following which they will take on England and Ireland at Twickenham and Aviva Stadium respectively.