18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
The news of Seveali'i's protracted absence comes only days after injuries three other Sale players have been ruled out of action for the remainder of the season due to injuries sustained during the autumn internationals.
Fly-half Charlie Hodgson and prop Andrew Sheridan sustained respective knee and ankle injuries during England's 23-21 victory against South Africa 10 days ago.
And Scotland flanker Jason White picked up a serious knee injury against Romania a week earlier.