Western Force have been dealt a blow with the news that their Wallaby lock Adam Coleman is set to miss five weeks with a calf injury.
Coleman came off early in the Force’s 26-19 win against the Reds after straining the muscle and coach Dave Wessels confirmed he would miss just over a month with the issue.
With two byes to come in that time, if all goes well, Coleman will be in line to return for the Force’s Round 9 Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Perth.
The loss of their line-out caller is a massive blow for the Force but Wessels said it could have been much worse for Coleman, the Force and the Wallabies.
Depending on the severity, calf injuries can rule players out for four months or more.
“We got out of jail with big ‘Ads’,” Wessels told the Australian Rugby Union's official website.
“He's got a niggle with his calf but it looks like a five-week injury and given the bye, we feel like we got away with one there."
Ross Haylett-Petty will return to the second row after playing on the blindside flank against the Reds, combining with rookie Matt Philip.
Wessels believes Haylett-Petty can continue the enforcer role that Coleman has taken up in recent times.
"When you get hit by Rossco, you stay hit, which is a good thing," he said.
"I think also there's more onus again on our backrow to get through the work they did against the Waratahs (in round one).
"Two of those back-rowers got through over 30 contact in the game, which is a huge number and that's Matt Hodgson numbers so we need that same effort from them again."
Coleman has still played a major role in the lead-up to this game, Wessels said.
"He leads our line-out, so he doesn't necessarily need to be playing to do that," he added.
"Adam went off fairly early (last week) and Matt and Ross continued the game and did some really good work. They're both really good players and we've got full faith in them."