Wales' injury-ravaged season looks to have claimed another major casualty.
Luke Charteris seems certain to miss the forthcoming
Six Nations Championship after suffering a serious knee injury on Saturday.
Reports in France say Charteris ruptured medial knee ligaments while playing for
Montpellier in the Top 14.
He is expected to be out for the rest of this season, effectively ending his hopes of making the Lions squad to tour
Australia next summer.
Wales interim head coach
Rob Howley has already lost Scarlets out-half Rhys Priestland and Ospreys prop Aaron
Jarvis from his
Six Nations plans.
Priestland suffered a serious
Achilles tendon injury in a
Heineken Cup game against Exeter earlier this month and he is unlikely to play again this term.
Jarvis, meanwhile, went off with a knee injury during the early minutes of Wales' defeat against world champions New Zealand last month.
Wales kick off their Six Nations title defence against Ireland in Cardiff on February 2.