Nakaitaci blow for Clermont

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Clermont's Noa Nakaitaci ruptured cruciate ligaments in his knee during their European Champions Cup victory over Toulon (AFP Photo/NICOLAS TUCAT)

Clermont's Noa Nakaitaci ruptured cruciate ligaments in his knee during their European Champions Cup victory over Toulon

Clermont's Noa Nakaitaci ruptured cruciate ligaments in his knee during their European Champions Cup victory over Toulon (AFP Photo/NICOLAS TUCAT)

Clermont-Ferrand (France) (AFP) - Top 14 and European Champions Cup title-chasers Clermont received another injury blow Monday with Noa Nakaitaci ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

The 26-year-old Fiji-born France international wing ruptured cruciate ligaments in his knee during Sunday's 29-9 European Champions Cup victory over Toulon.

As a result he will miss the semi-final against Irish province Leinster in Lyon in April, the final phase of the Top 14 championship and France's tour of South Africa in June.

A cruciate ligament injury usually requires a six-month layoff meaning Nakaitaci could also miss the beginning of next season.

The 15-times capped player will undergo surgery during the week at a private hospital in Clermont.

It is the latest blow for Clermont, the only French club remaining in the European tournament, with centre Wesley Fofana also out with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

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