Ospreys coach Scott Johnson has been dealt a major blow ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash with Treviso after it was revealed captain Alun Wyn Jones is likely to be out until Christmas.
The Welsh international, who will also miss the upcoming Test against Australia on December 3, will undergo surgery at the weekend on a dislocated toe he injured in training this week.
Also missing for the trip to Italy, where the Ospreys have already tasted RaboDirect PRO12 success back in September, will be hooker Huw Bennett who suffered a neck spasm against Biarritz last Saturday.
Ospreys head physiotherapist Chris Towers said: “Alun Wyn suffered a foot injury in training this week and as a result, he is going to require surgery to repair soft tissue damage, which will be carried out over the weekend.
“Once he starts his post-op rehab work we will be in a better position to predict recovery timelines.
“Huw, unfortunately, didn't recover in time from a neck spasm that developed after last weekend's game to be considered to play against Treviso.”
A likely replacement for both games is versatile 30-yeart-old Ryan Jones, while fellow Welsh cap Justin Tipuric is set to undergo a fitness test ahead of the Stadio di Monigo clash.