Australia's James Slipper will miss the start of the 2016 Super Rugby season as he is set to undergo surgery on his shoulder.
The Queensland Reds star will visit surgeon Phil Duke who will assess the damage. A total reconstruction could see the prop out for five months.
Slipper revealed that his shoulder has been an issue for a while but he was not going to give up going to the Rugby World Cup with the Wallaby's.
"If I'd got the shoulder fixed a few years ago, it probably was only going to be a clean-up but it's been grumbling for a good while so I've got to expect that a full reconstruction and four-to-six months out is a possibility," the 26-year-old told the Courier Mail.
"It didn't affect my grip strength in scrums but it meant I couldn't do all I wanted in the gym and my recovery after games was definitely slower.
"There was no way I was going to give up a World Cup. It was a great experience considering where we had to come from last year but I'm still very, very disappointed we weren't able to win the final."