Wales international Matthew Rees will miss the remainder of the season for his club Cardiff Blues following a knee injury.
The 37-year-old sustained the injury in the 11th minute of the recently concluded Pro14 clash against Ulster at Cardiff Arms Park and was forced off the field.
The former Scarlets hooker's contract will end at the ongoing season but Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson has backed Rees to make a comeback from the injury and continue playing.
"It's a freak injury, I know he'll rehab and get himself in a position to play again," said Wilson.
"Matthew's going extremely well, probably better than any of us anticipated this season, and has been our number one hooker for the majority of the season, and credit to him that he's done that at 37-years-old.
"He's in great physical condition, he's played extremely well for a long period of time and this knee injury has nothing to do with age profile.
"I'm sure there's plenty of rugby left in Matthew Rees."
Cardiff Blues are set to face Edinburgh in the quarter-final of European Rugby Challenge Cup at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.