Cardiff - Wales and Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies has been ruled out for up to six months after suffering a foot injury.
sustained the injury during Wales' 29-21 loss to Australia on Saturday
and will miss his country's remaining Tests against Georgia, New Zealand
and South Africa.
Davies, who has 65 caps for Wales, will need surgery and will likely also be sidelined for next year's Six Nations tournament.
Davies will undergo surgery to his foot following the injury sustained
against Australia in the Under Armour Series," a Welsh Rugby Union
"It is envisaged that recovery will be in the region of six months."
is a major blow for Wales and the Scarlets to lose Davies, who was
British and Irish Lions player of the series against New Zealand earlier
He went off during the final moments of Wales' 13th successive defeat against the Wallabies.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland is set to make several changes for next
Saturday's meeting with Georgia, Davies was an integral part of his
The 29-year-old missed the 2015 World Cup due to a
knee ligament injury, but he has been in world-class form throughout
Shaun Edwards, Wales assistant coach and defence specialist Edwards, admitted it was a major blow to lose Davies.
I am incredibly upset for the player He is probably one of the form
13s, if not the form 13, in world rugby. He is going to take some
replacing," Edwards said.
"He is a massive loss, there is no doubt
about that. They are big shoes to fill. I have got a lot of work to do
in the next three weeks and through the Six Nations.
"I am not saying he is irreplaceable, but it (13) would definitely be one of the positions you would least want to lose.
unbelievably disappointing. But it's just the way it goes sometimes. We
have to show a bit of resilience that we have shown in the past.
am sure there will be players who will put their hand up to play 13. We
will just have to look at it over the next three games, and obviously
the Six Nations."
Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts was called into Wales' autumn Test squad as injury cover on Monday.
Roberts, who has won 93 caps, missed out on a place in the original 36-man party announced by Gatland last month.