Josh Navidi is set to be sidelined until at least March after undergoing surgery on the shoulder injured against the Bulls on his Cardiff comeback last week.
The 30-year-old had struggled with a shoulder injury during the second half of last season but recovered sufficiently in time to tour with the British & Irish Lions over the summer, however, just eight minutes into his first game of the campaign for the Blue and Blacks he is believed to have aggravated the same shoulder.
Navidi saw a specialist last week and went under the knife on Saturday, with Dai Young confirming he’ll be out for four-and-half to five months, missing most of Cardiff’s season as well as Wales’ Autumn Internationals and the Six Nations.
There is better news for Ellis Jenkins though, as the flanker’s rib injury suffered against the Sharks is not likely to prevent him playing for Wales against New Zealand in two weeks. The 28-year-old took a bang early in Saturday’s win but was withdrawn only as a precaution according to Young.