Lions hooker Bandise Maku has sustained a torn pectoral muscle and will be out of action for several months.
The Lions confirmed the news on Tuesday via Twitter. Following surgery this week, Maku will miss a large portion of the Super Rugby season.
The powerful ball-carrier enjoyed a great Currie Cup competition last year, and news of his injury will come as a blow. Lions coach John Mitchell may look to hooker Martin Bezuidenhout, who also had a solid Currie Cup, to fill the void. Former Maties No 2 Callie Visagie will also receive more game time because of Maku’s injury.