Ben Daley's latest long-term injury is not a career-ender, according to Queensland Reds interim co-coach Matt O'Connor.
Having just recovered from off-season shoulder surgery, Daley is set to miss the next four months after tearing his pectoral muscle in the loss to the Melbourne Rebels at the weekend.
Daley went under the knife this week to repair the injury and unless the Reds can somehow conjure up a surprise finals appearance, his 2016 Super Rugby campaign is likely over, just three rounds in.
The former Wallaby prop has not put together anything close to a full season since 2012, with his last few years blighted by a string of breaks, tears and dislocations.
This fresh setback raises question marks over his durability at the elite level but O'Connor is confident the 27-year-old can bounce back.
"He was outstanding for us throughout the pre-season," he said.
"He came off the bench last week and gave us a hell of a lot.
"For him to be out for an extended period is incredibly disappointing for the group and for him.
"It's the nature of the game unfortunately. (But) he's a pretty resilient character and I'm sure he'll come back bigger and better than ever."