As the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup rolls into town once again, an ill-fortuned group of key players must come to terms with the prospect of watching their team-mates from the sidelines.
Here are 10 international rugby players who could miss the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup through injury.
Fullback: Joey Carbery (Ireland)
The versatile playmaker will be out of action for “an indefinite period of time” as he continues to rehabilitate his injured ankle. It had been hoped that Carbery would return some time this month but he has been advised that the recovery from his ankle injury will take longer than expected
Winger: Liam Williams (Wales)
Williams has barely played since suffering a tournament-ending lower leg injury ahead of Wales’ Rugby World Cup semi-final with South Africa last year. Since joining the Scarlets he has not represented them and is battling a foot injury.
Centre: Manu Tuilagi (England)
Tuilagi hurt his achilles against Northampton Saints. He needed assistance to leave the field after injuring his left Achilles when he was hauled down by Saints defenders after a powerful run from inside his own 22. The 29-year-old left Franklin’s Gardens on crutches with Steve Diamond revealing it doesn’t look good.
Centre: Cory Allen (Wales)
The centre is a long-term absentee as he battles back from a serious knee injury. Allen damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and a cartilage while playing for the Ospreys against Ulster last September. He underwent surgery on the cartilage two weeks later, with the ligament problem requiring a subsequent reconstruction, his region indicated in a press statement at the time.
Winger: Will Addison (Ireland)
Ulster and Ireland have been dealt an injury blow after it was revealed that the versatile speedster has suffered a setback in recovering from a back injury and will be out for “several months”. Addison has undergone surgery on the problem, but Ulster have not stated a concrete return date.