Sam Warburton has been dealt a cruel blow after Cardiff Blues confirmed the triumphant British and Irish Lions captain won't play until October - so can Ryan Jones and Justin Tipuric finally move ahead of their skipper in the pecking order?
The Wales international had to overcome fitness problems to make his return to competitive action in time to force his way into Warren Gatland's starting line-up for the first Test against Australia last month.
The Lions flanker featured in the Brisbane and Melbourne successes before suffering a hamstring injury with 13 minutes remaining in the second Test loss, and as a result, missing the winner-takes-all Sydney clash.
And Cardiff Blues gave an update on Warburton's injury status last week.
A statement from the club read: "Sam suffered a grade three tear to his left hamstring in the second Lions test against Australia on the 29th of June.
"He has had a scan with specialists in London yesterday which has shown the injury is already healing. He therefore does not need surgery but will require a period of rehabilitation between 12 to 16 weeks from the date of the injury.
"His rehabilitation will focus on range of motion, flexibility and specific strengthening of the hamstring in order for him to return to full health."
It means Warburton could be a doubt for his country's autumn Tests against South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Qantas Wallabies in November. It hands the initiative to his team-mates Ryan Jones and Justin Tipuric.
The 24-year-old was already struggling to retain his place in the Wales side during their triumphant Six Nations tournament, and the pair have the chance to lay to make Warburton's number seven shirt their own.