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.
His place in the home side's midfield at Estadio Anoeta, in San Sebastian, will be filled by Charles Gimenez. Laurent Tranier comes on to the replacements bench to take over from Gimenez.
It is the second major blow in as many days for last season's runners-up, who lost Australian full back Dane Haylett-Petty to an ankle injury. His place 15 has been taken by England World Cup winner Iain Balshaw.