Victor Matfield has been ruled out for four weeks with a knee injury.
The Bok lock injured his left knee in Toulon’s 30-13 win against Tarbes on Saturday. He left the field in the 25th minute, and x-rays showed he had strained ligaments.
The timing of Matfield’s injury couldn’t be worse for the ambitious French club, who are desperate to win promotion to the Top 14. They are currently top of the Pro2 division with 67 points from 19 games, followed by Stade Montois (60 from 19) and Racing Metro (57 from 18).
The top club at the end of the season is automatically promoted to the Top 14, while the second through fifth-place teams play each other for the second promotion spot.