Toulon flanker Juan Smith could be ruled out for up to three months according to reports in France.
The former Springbok suffered a biceps injury in his side’s defeat to Brive on Saturday at the Stade Félix Mayol.
Smith, 35, is now set for a lengthy absence which would rule him out of Toulon’s opening Champions Cup matches in the coming months, as well as a chunk of the French season.
And the news gets worse for frustrated owner Mourad Boudjellal, with hooker Jean-Charles Orioli ruled out for six weeks following a tear in his right hamstring.
Toulon have won just one of their first three Top 14 matches this season, away to Pau, whilst suffering surprise losses against Bayonne and Brive.