Paris - French
international centre Wesley Fofana will miss the Six Nations after
rupturing his Achilles tendon in Clermont's thumping 48-26 European
Champions Cup win over Exeter on Saturday.
The 29-year-old, who has 44 caps for France, suffered the injury late
in the first half just after scoring one of his team's seven tries.
"He has a rupture of his left Achilles tendon," the club said in a statement. "He is out of the Six Nations."
French Top 14 leaders Clermont added that Fofana will be unavailable
for a "long period" with a decision on surgery to be taken on Sunday.
Fofana grimaced with pain when he suffered the injury just as he
offloaded the ball to fullback Nick Abendanon to score one of his
France start their Six Nations campaign on February 4 against England at Twickenham.
Fofana's absence is a huge blow to Les Bleus - four years ago he scored a majestic try from 80 metres at Twickenham.
He was expected to partner team-mate Remi Lamerat in midfield but is
now likely to be replaced by either Gael Fickou (24 caps) or Yann David