Brumbies superstar winger Henry Speight will face six weeks on the sidelines after going under the knife for jaw surgery on Monday.
Speight suffered a double fracture to his jaw on Saturday night in his Brumbies' brutal home win over the New South Wales Waratahs in which he collided with opposite number Adam Aahley-Cooper.
Speight joins a large Brumbies casualty ward featuring fellow backs Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane, Fotu Auelua, David Pocock, Clyde Rathbone and prop Scott Sio.
The only good news is that Tomane could be fit to take the Canberra Stadium turf against the Cape Town Stormers and replace Speight on the right wing.
Should Tomane be unfit to play it is likely Japanese import Harumichi Tatekawa or Stephan van der Walt will fill the void.
Jean-Pierre Smith and Jordan Smiler could come into the side to cover for Sio, and as a consequence, flanker Scott Fardy could shift to the second row.
The injuries come at a bad time for the ACT franchise, who have won three straight games but face a bogey team in the Stormers, whom they have not beaten since 2010.
But head coach Stephen Larkham is placing confidence in the great depth of his side.
Can the Brumbies handle the competition without these key players?
Young gun Robbie Coleman has already shown Tomane can be covered for. Given that, there is perhaps reason to believe other players can be too.