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The Highlanders Super Rugby season is sitting on a knife edge after injuries to key players like star flanker Adam Thomson.


Thomson was forced from the field half way through the Highlanders loss to the Chiefs and will miss this weekend’s clash against the Hurricanes at least.


“Tomo’s not good,” said Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph .


“He looks as though he’s got a rib problem, but we don’t know. “


“He’s gone to the hospital. He’s pretty sore. “


“He won’t be ready for next week,” Joseph told Sky.


The Highlanders were already limping after they lost Kade Poki with an ongoing knee complaint before kickoff.


Poki’s replacement, James Paterson, ruptured his pectoral muscle which has ended his season, and left-winger Siale Piutau pulled his groin and was not walking well post-match.


Losing more backline players adds salt to the wound as they have already lost first five eighths Colin Slade, Tony Brown and second-five Shaun Treeby.


The Highlanders injury toll comes after playing three New Zealand derbies in consecutive weeks and another one comes this weekend with the Hurricanes.


Coach Jamie Joseph branded the performance against the Chiefs as the “worst game of the season” but no bye this week there is little time to allow the players to regain fitness.


“The guys are a little bit tired, a little bit flat,” Joseph admitted reluctantly.


“I guess the best way to get that right is to go fishing, but we haven’t got time because we’ve got a game next week.”

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