South Africa's Lions could be without wing Courtnall Skosan for the duration of the 2018 Super Rugby season after it was confirmed he has an ACL tear in his knee.
Skosan has been an integral part of the Lions side that has reached the last two Super Rugby finals, losing on both occasions, and also earned his first caps for the Springboks in 2017.
"Lions wing Courtnall Skosan has injured his knee in training on Monday. An MRI scan confirmed an ACL tear. It is not yet clear how long Skosan will be sidelined," the Lions tweeted from their official account.
Lions coach Swys de Bruin lamented the bad luck, but feels they do have good cover for Skosan.
"It's going to be about six months out for him," De Bruin told IOL. "It's a big blow. It happened in a freak accident in training on Monday... and it wasn't even a contact session.
"He just ran into another guy. It's a huge setback, but we're at least well covered on the wing."
De Bruin has three viable replacements for Skosan in Sylvian Mahuza, Madosh Tambwe and Aphiwe Dyantyi, though all have limited Super Rugby experience.