Toulon - Australian playmaker Matt Giteau
has been ruled out for at least three weeks, Toulon coach Bernard Laporte said
on Friday ahead of his team's crucial string of European Cup pool matches.
Giteau has been struggling with a groin
injury since last season's Top 14 semi-final against Stade Francais, Laporte
"Apparently it's not a groin
strain," the coach said. "But when he plays, he suffers after
Quade Cooper will likely replace Giteau
against Bath in the European Cup on Sunday, while Frederic Michalak's comeback
from injury could be hurried through to provide extra cover.
Toulon are three-time defending champions
in the tournament, but the match against Bath is a game both sides must win or
almost certainly see their knock-out hopes end.
Both have two wins and a defeat from three
games but trail Pool 5 leaders Wasps by six points. As neither side have picked
up any bonus points yet, defeat would make winning the group virtually
impossible while also rendering the chances of taking one of the two qualifying
second place finishes negligible.