Queensland Reds captain Liam Wright will miss a significant portion of the Super Rugby AU competition with an ankle injury.

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Wright suffered the injury during last Friday’s trial match against the NSW Waratahs in Narrabri, which the Reds lost 45-33.

On Monday the Reds announced Wright is facing up to 10 weeks on the sidelines after scans revealed a syndesmosis to his left foot.

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Wright’s injury is potentially also a blow for his Wallabies’ hopes, with the 28-year-old likely to have limited opportunities to prove his fitness and form ahead of the July Tests against France.

The Reds will announce an interim on-field captain ahead of the Super Rugby AU season opener against the Waratahs on February 19.

Experienced Wallabies playmaker James O’Connor would be among the leading contenders to replace Wright as captain along with halfback Tate McDermott and forwards Harry Wilson and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.

The Reds will play an internal trial this week end ahead of the Super Rugby AU season start.

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– By Ed Jackson in Gold Coast

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