Wales rugby coach Wayne Pivac ruled out flyhalf Gareth Anscombe for a year on Tuesday.
Anscombe sustained knee ligament damage in a warmup match against England ahead of the Rugby World Cup last year and has yet to return for either his club, the Ospreys, or country.
“Gareth will miss the majority if not all of this season,” said Pivac.
Pivac added: “It is a blow because he [Anscombe] is a quality player.
“He was playing a lot in the number 10 jersey for Warren [Gatland] in the lead up to the World Cup.
“He had that injury which was devastating for a guy who wanted to go to a World Cup, and also for the team.
“To have him out for so long is not great, but he is working very hard and I have been talking to him today and he has been in the building here.
“We have had a few injuries at fly-half with Rhys Patchell also only playing 13 minutes of rugby since the last World Cup and are looking for the depth in that position.”
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