Toulon are currently unable to put an exact timeframe on Dan Biggar’s return after the former Wales international suffered an injury last weekend.
The 34-year-old dramatically pulled up as he attempted a conversion, clutching his back and falling to the floor in pain just before he had reached the ball.
It was a serious-looking injury and one which could leave Biggar on the sidelines for a while.
No return date set
Director of rugby Pierre Mignoni understandably had few answers to give on Monday when asked about Biggar’s condition, and Toulon’s boss was still unable to give a clear picture a few days later, although he hopes the pivot will not be out for over a month.
“Dan Biggar is taking exams and today it’s complicated for him to be able to play with his back,” Mignoni said. “We are treating this with examinations and special treatment so that he can return to us as quickly as possible.
“We hope not to exceed a month of absence. It’s a bit vague because I don’t have all the elements.
“We are waiting to see based on the care we have put in place, we are waiting for a reaction in his back so that it gets better and then we will take it step by step.
“Dan is frustrated because he is someone who wants to play. But he wants to be physically well and he feels in difficulty. He can’t be 100 per cent, he needs to be treated.”
Toulon take on Racing 92 on Sunday and issued an injury update earlier in the week, which confirmed who would be unavailable for the clash.
“Our Rouge et Noir are actively preparing to host Racing 92 this Sunday, November 12, at the Mayol Stadium. This is an opportunity to take stock of the wounded in our ranks,” the statement read.
“On the forward lines, Pierre Damon, victim of a sprained ankle, and Anthony Etrillard (Achilles tendon) continue their treatment, Swan Rebbadj (cruciate ligament rupture) is gradually returning to the team.
“Among the three-quarters, Dan Biggar injured his back and is currently receiving treatment. We obviously wish a good and speedy recovery to all of our players who are currently unavailable!”
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Biggar has been one of the premier fly-halves in Europe over the past decade and earned in excess of 100 caps for Wales.
He toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2017 and 2021, starting all three Tests against the Springboks in South Africa.
The playmaker announced prior to the 2023 World Cup that it would be his last competition in international rugby, with his final game coming in the quarter-final defeat to Argentina.
The 34-year-old returned to Toulon following the global tournament and was featuring in his first match of the season for the French outfit against Perpignan, playing 10 minutes before he injured his back.
Biggar has become a fan favourite at the Stade Mayol since signing for the club from Northampton Saints in 2022, but his return date is unclear.