Gregor Townsend has been dealt a blow on the eve of his Glasgow Warriors’ European adventure with the news that he will be without Duncan Weir for six weeks.
The fly-half is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in training ahead of their RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Connacht on September 21.
The Warriors came out 27-17 victors that day but it came at a cost as Weir joins an already long list of injury casualties at Scotstoun – with DTH van der Merwe, Chris Cusiter, Moray Low, Rob Harley, Ed Kalman and Pat MacArthur all facing time out.
And while Townsend admits Weir’s news couldn’t have come at a worse time with his Glasgow side kicking off their Heineken Cup assault with clashes against Northampton Saints and RaboDirect PRO12 rivals Ulster, he is aware that the season is a marathon and not a sprint.
"It's frustrating for Duncan and ourselves that he's missing out on big games,” the Warriors head coach said.
"However, with many more important fixtures coming up over the course of the season, it's very important that he gets himself right, and I know he'll be working hard with our medical team to return to the fray in due course."