Worcester have revealed that Francois Hougaard faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury during his time with South Africa.
The Warriors Medical Department assessed the versatile Hougaard on his return to Sixways and diagnosed the player with a shoulder injury.
Hougaard visited specialist consultants following the diagnosis and was given an MRI scan to allow the club to fully understand the issue.
The scan confirmed that Hougaard will require a Biceps Tenodesis and rotator cuff repair and will be ruled out of action for 10 to 12 weeks.
High Performance Director Nick Johnston explained: “We are extremely disappointed that Francois returned to the club with an undiagnosed injury.
“As a club player welfare is our priority and we will be using our every resource to ensure that Francois has access to the right surgeon and that he receives the highest level of support during his rehabilitation.”