Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys will have neck surgery on Sunday after suffering a "neck dislocation" in the Currie Cup semi-final against the Cheetahs on Saturday.
Redelinghuys suffered the seruous neck injury while playing for the Golden Lions against the Free State Cheetahs in the first semi-final in Bloemfontein, which the Lions lost 55-17.
The prop was stratchered off the field just after half-time after colliding with Cheetahs hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld.
Lions team doctor Rob Collins confirmed the Bok tighthead sustained a level C5/6 neck dislocation.
"He has minimal temporary weakness of his left arm. Julian is in traction at a Bloemfontein hospital and will go to surgery Sunday morning to reduce and stabilise the dislocation," Collins said.
Redelinghuys is expected to make a full recovery but his playing future remains unclear at this stage.