Wales back row Taine Plumtree is in doubt for the upcoming Six Nations tournament following a shoulder injury.
The 23-year-old sustained the blow during his club Scarlets' United Rugby Championship game against Lions earlier in the month and is now likely to have a surgery on his shoulder according to head coach Dwayne Peel.
"He's not going to be fit for a while I don't think. [He's] likely to have surgery on his shoulder," said Peel.
This is the second injury setback for Plumtree as he missed Wales' Rugby World Cup campaign having suffered a shoulder injury in Wales' World Cup warm-up match against England in August.
"He's unfortunately drawn the short straw in terms of that," said Wales head coach Warren Gatland prior to the showpiece event in France.
"I had a chat to him this morning and said to him be ready in case there's potentially an opportunity. I spoke to him last week about where he was at with his injury."
The former New Zealand Under 20 has overall featured in two Tests for Wales having made his debut earlier in the year and was part of the squad that defeated Barbarians in early November.
Wales will kick-start their Six Nations campaign with a clash against Scotland on 3rd February at Principality Stadium.