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The Western Force have been hit further by injury following their 19-20 loss to the Crusaders in Perth at nib Stadium on Friday.

The Force have been hit hardest in the front row as prop Pek Cowan broke his arm in the loss while hooker Nathan Charles dislocated his right shoulder.

Cowan broke his lower left arm in a tackle in the 17th minute of the match and is expected to miss between six and 12 weeks which could mean his season is over.

Hooker Nathan Charles was also injured in a tackle and he dislocated his right shoulder ten minutes from full time and lost all feeling in his arm.

Charles dislocated his arm so badly that it took twenty minutes to reset and as yet it is not know how long he will be on the sidelines.

The Force can call on loosehead props Francois van Wyk and Chris Heiberg as replacements for Cowan but they have lost a wealth of experience as Van Wyk made his first appearance this season from the reserves bench.

The Force have Ireland junior World Cup captain and former Leinster hooker Tom Sexton who joined from the Rebels if Charles does not make a speedy recovery.

Cowan and Charles have joined an injury list that already includes play makers Jono Lance and Luke Burton, back-rower Chris Alcock and winger Marcel Brache.

On the positive side Kyle Godwin could play the Waratahs while Ian Prior who left the field in the loss to the Crusaders could also make a swift return.

Western Force coach Michael Foley says he is not using the injury toll as an excuse for the team’s poor showing this season as they have won one match in seven matches.

“Bumps are part of the game and we have to look beyond that,” Foley told The West Australian.

“We have a load of injuries, that’s the way it goes, but it doesn’t get any easier.”

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