An unfortunate training accident will see Emirates Western Force utility back Mark Bartholomeusz sidelined for approximately ten weeks after sustaining ruptured ligaments in his left ankle.

Bartholomeusz suffered the injury late last week when he inadvertently stepped on another players’ foot during a routine drill and will be required to wear a moon boot for at least the next fortnight before being able to place weight on his leg.

The experienced back was in great shape as the team stepped-up its pre-season preparations and will now undertake intensive rehabilitation to be ready for round one of the Super Rugby season on Sunday, 20 February against the Reds in Brisbane.