Western Force wing Nick Cummins is expected to miss the opening rounds of the Super Rugby season due to having minor surgery on his ankle.
The 27-year-old, who recently confirmed he would be returning to Perth, has one more game in Japan to play before focussing on the Western Force.
But it is not expected that Cummins will be back in light blue before at least Round 3, with head coach Michael Foley issuing an injury update.
“Nick is having a bit of minor surgery on his ankle at the moment,” he told the Force. “He should only miss the first couple of matches for us. He’s got to go back to Japan and potentially play one more game there but we’re thrilled to have him back from all sorts of perspectives.
“For a long time we weren’t sure we were going to have him back so we’ve prepared with Marcel Brache and young Mitchell Scott from New Zealand who we’ve recruited to play in that position so although Nick won’t be here we’ve prepared for the worst that he wasn’t going to be.
“It’s a real bonus that he’s coming back.”