Scotland and Glasgow Warriors star, Stuart Hogg is expected to be out of action for 10-12 weeks following ankle surgery yesterday.
The 26-year-old sustained the injury in their 25-10 win over Munster earlier this month.
Hogg will miss a number of crucial fixtures including Scotland’s Autumn International Tests. Gregor Townsend’s side are due to take on Wales in Cardiff on November 3, before taking on Fiji, South Africa and Argentina at Murrayfield.
Speaking to the Glasgow Warriors website, Hogg said he was “gutted” at the news.
“I’m gutted to be missing some important games for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland over the next few months.
“My focus just now is working hard and getting fit, so I can play my part in what is a long season.
“I’d like to thank the medical staff at Glasgow Warriors and BMI Ross Hall Hospital for all their care and support.”
The two-time British & Irish Lion travelled to South Africa with the Glasgow squad recently but head coach, Dave Rennie said the seriousness of the injury was not discovered until they returned home.
“Hoggy injured his ankle in the game against Munster and then flew to South Africa with the squad for our Guinness PRO14 matches against the Cheetahs and the Kings.
“He didn’t train over here as it often takes a few days for the swelling to go down and he returned home when we realised it was more serious than we thought.
“It’s frustrating for him. He got himself in extremely good nick for the start of the season and was arguably one of the best players on the park in the opening two games. But it’s a long old season, he’s a resilient man and we’re looking forward to seeing him back out there soon.”