Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson has confirmed that Zac Guildford has been rested this week after struggling against the Rebels.
Guildford will sit out Saturday's Australian derby against the Brumbies in Sydney with the Waratahs desperate to bounce back after some disappointing recent defeats.
A foot injury hasn't helped Guildford in his search for his best form but the Waratahs are continuing to provide Guildford with the best possible care off the field given his history.
"Obviously, the care around him is pretty extensive," Gibson told AAP.
"We've done a number of things and he's actively working on that and, again, these are the setbacks and so forth that you have to cope with as a rugby player.
"He's no different."
Gibson wouldn't be drawn on whether Guildford would walk back into the side for the 'Tahs next contest away to the Force on April 23 after his time off.
"We tried to run him over the last week. Ran him again on Tuesday, made it worse and so obviously he's going to be out for a while," Gibson added.
"He's got a fractured little toe and that hasn't healed. He's pretty down about that… so I've given him some time off. He'll be back on Monday.
"He was very disappointed with his game against the Rebels, like a number of guys, so he would have missed selection this week. I was very clear to him around that.
"He's going to have to earn his way back, just like everyone else."