Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu is set to miss next month's three‑Test series between the All Blacks and France after picking up a shoulder injury in last Friday's Super Rugby loss to the Hurricanes.
Tuipultou departed the field early in the 36‑15 loss and was spotted wearing his arm in a sling as he sat out training yesterday.
The 25‑year‑old, who has played four Tests, is expected to miss the All Blacks' series which starts on June 9 as well as the Blues' two matches after the international break.
It leaves the Blues with inexperienced duo of Gerard Cowley‑Tuioti and Ben Nee‑Nee with Josh Goodhue also sidelined due to a concussion.
The Blues will take on defending champions, Crusaders at 9.45pm this Saturday, while the Hurricanes take on the Reds at 7.35pm Friday.
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