WELLINGTON - Veteran lock Brad Thorn is likely to miss the rest of the Highlanders' Super Rugby season after suffering a torn bicep.
Thorn, 39, was to undergo surgery yesterday for the injury which forced him off early in the second half of his team's 27-20 win over the Bulls in Dunedin on Friday.
A Highlanders spokeswoman says it is "anticipated" the 39-year-old will miss the rest of the season.
The oldest man to play Super Rugby, Thorn may not be lost to the Highlanders.
He recently said his goal was to keep playing rugby at the top level after he turns 40 next February.
He said if he doesn't feel worn out later in the year, he would seek either one last campaign with the Highlanders in 2015 or play a season offshore, probably for a club in Europe.
Thorn played 200 games for the Brisbane Broncos in two stints in the NRL, along with representing Queensland and Australia in rugby league.
His desire to play rugby in his native New Zealand saw him forge a successful career with Canterbury and the Crusaders.
He played 59 Tests for the All Blacks, ending with the World Cup final triumph in 2011, before club stints in Japan and Ireland.