Dirksen blow for Ospreys
Ospreys have been dealt another injury blow with wing Hanno Dirksen set to undergo knee surgery that will keep him sidelined for six months.
The South African-born 21-year-old will go under the knife this weekend to repair a cartilage problem in his right knee.
The Swansea-based region have already lost lock Alun Wyn Jones for up to four months with a shoulder problem, while tighthead prop Adam Jones is sidelined with a knee injury.
Ospreys head physio Chris Towers said: "We've spoken to several specialists and the view is that it is in Hanno's best interests to have the surgery now. We've taken a long-term view on what is best for Hanno's career moving forward.
"At this stage we are probably looking at a post-op rehab process of around five to six months, it's not something we can rush."