Chiefs scrum-half Augustine Pulu has been ruled out of Super Rugby's Finals Series due to a broken arm.
Pulu, who represented the All Blacks in two Tests on their 2014 end-of-year tour, sustained the injury after coming on as a replacement in the Chiefs' 21-13 defeat to the Hurricanes in New Plymouth on Saturday.
"Pulu underwent surgery earlier today to insert a plate," the Chiefs revealed via a press release on Sunday.
"The expected return to play time is 8-10 weeks."
The 25-year-old's injury is a major setback for the Hamilton-baed franchise ahead of their play-off clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday.
The Chiefs have also been without another All Black scrumhalf, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, since the start of the season after he tore ligaments in his knee in a Rugby Championship Test against the Springboks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg last October.