Crusaders captain Scott Barrett will miss the remainder of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition following a foot injury.
The 26-year-old suffered the injury in the inter-squad game ahead of the tournament and was forced to miss the opening game against Hurricanes with Codie Taylor captaining the side.
A statement released by the club confirmed that Barrett will be on the sidelines with his return back to action to be assessed in due course of time.
"After consultation with a foot specialist, it has been determined that Scott will miss the remainder of the Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa competition to undergo surgery and allow sufficient time to recover.
"Exact return to play dates are uncertain at this stage.''
Barrett, who has been with Crusaders since 2014 was appointed the club's captain ahead of the 2020 season. He has played 36 Tests for the All Blacks and was part of their 2019 World Cup campaign.
Meanwhile, the club also confirmed that Taylor will continue to be in charge of Crusaders for the remainder of the season.
Crusaders' next game is against Chiefs that will be played at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch on 28th June.