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.
Saracens released a statement today which said: "The injury will see him ruled out for a number of months. A further update will be available following the surgery."
Alex Goode impressed when he moved from full-back to fly-half after Hougaard's departure on the weekend as is likely to make the move permanent.