Western Force fullback Cameron Shepherd will miss the next five games of Super Rugby due to a wrist injury he sustained playing against the Waratahs.
Twenty-eight-year-old Shepherd has had a terrible season with injuries and this latest is a ligament tear in his right wrist which he damaged in the Force's 23-18 loss to the Waratahs in Perth.
Shepherd has only played two games this season for the Force due to an adductor strain (groin).
The former Waratah is now expected to miss matches against the Stormers, Cheetahs, Sharks, Rebels and Lions and will only be back after the break in June for the Internationals.
The Force who have a bye this week did get some good news on the injury front however as Prop Pek Cowan (knee) is expected to get the all-clear to face the Stormers next weekend and Fijian winger Napolioni Nalaga (ankle) could also be eligible after recovering from an injury that his kept him out for the last six weeks.