John Mitchell’s Western Force side have suffered a major setback ahead of Friday’s Super 14 clash against the Hurricanes in Wellington, with in-form centre Ryan Cross ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with injury.
The Force revealed Cross, who was considered a contender for Wallabies selection this year, had suffered a fractured cheekbone, according to www.rugbyheaven.co.nz.
It is uncertain how long Cross will be confined to the sidelines, but the club confirmed he will require surgery.
Mitchell was to assess his options in midfield at the final training session before confirming his lineup prior to the team’s departure for Wellington on Wednesday morning.
Cross is not the only injury worry for the Force either, on the back of their thrilling home victory over the Chiefs last weekend.
Other players unavailable for the Hurricanes match include flanker Scott Fava, prop Pek Cowan and winger Nick Cummins.
All three appear to have had their 2008 campaign ended by injuries suffered during the epic one-point victory over the Chiefs at Subiaco Oval.
Fava has suffered a high ankle sprain, while Cowan has a badly dislocated thumb. Cummins faces an extended period out of the game after fracturing the fibula in his left leg midway through the second half of the bruising encounter.Tweet