Waratahs utility back Kurtley Beale is set to join Premiership side London Wasps ahead of next season on a one-year deal.
The 27-year-old Wallaby player, who has made over 60 appearances for Australia, underwent surgery on his knee following an injury sustained in the Waratahs and Bulls clash last week.
The surgery was a success but the soreness is set to sideline Beale for up to four to six months.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young however remains optimistic and does not view Beale's injury as a disastrous one.
"The first thing to say is our thoughts go out to Kurtley," Young told the Belfast Telegraph.
"You never want to see a player being injured. So that was our first concern, making sure he's okay.
"He's not our player yet so we have got limited information of where he is. But the information that we have got, it is pretty much that it's four to six months.
"It's obviously not ideal but it's not catastrophic for us, which means hopefully he'll be playing for us in September."
Young, who has vowed to remain committed to his latest signing, has also admitted that he will not put any pressure on Beale's recovery process.
"If he's not right in September and it's a little bit longer, then it's a little bit longer, because we certainly won't rush him.
"Thankfully it's not as bad as it was first reported.
"We're still waiting for the full medical report but there's no reason to suggest any different from what we've all been told.
"And it's part and parcel of professional sport. Players do get injured and we're always going to support them and work with them to get back sooner rather than later."