Australia international Samu Kerevi will undergo a lengthy rehabilitation phase after he failed to make progress from a bicep injury.
The 24-year-old played the series against Ireland with a ruptured bicep and underwent scans following Reds' recent Super Rugby encounter against Blues at Eden Park last weekend.
Kerevi underwent a surgery last month and was initially expected to return to action late September but now needs 10 more weeks to regain full fitness.
“Rehab is coming along quite slow but I want to do it properly before I get back to playing,” Kerevi told Rugby Australia’s website.
“Probably another eight to 10 weeks until I’m back playing.”
With Kerevi out along with Tevita Kuridrani due to injuries, Reece Hodge was drafted at number 13 in both the games against New Zealand and the Queensland Reds centre believes Hodge did a terrific job.
“I thought he did an awesome job,” Kerevi said.
“There’s a lot of depth in that spot still. We have Curtis Rona and Billy Meakes who can play there as well.”
Australia currently languish at the bottom of the Rugby Championship 2018 table after losing both their games and are set to face South Africa next in Brisbane on 8th September.