England prop Ellis Genge is expected to be out of action until early 2019 after undergoing knee surgery, the 23-year-old's club Leicester Tigers have said.
Genge sustained the injury in training during England's tour of South Africa in June.
"He will miss the first phase of the season and we're probably looking at him playing again in the new year at this stage," Leicester head coach Matt O'Connor told the Premiership club's website.
"It is obviously very disappointing for him and for us, but I'm sure he'll be raring to go once he gets back to full fitness and we know there's still a lot to come from him."
England coach Eddie Jones' training methods have come in for scrutiny after several players sustained injuries while away on tour.
Several other players, including lock Joe Launchbury, struggled with injuries throughout the tour.