Italy prop Andrea Lo Cicero has had successful surgery on his injured thumb.
The Sicilian-born forward, who plays his club rugby for L'Aquila, had surgery on the injury which was conducted by surgeon Stefano Flamini and his team at L'Aquila's San Salvatore hospital.
The player will have to wear a dressing on the injury for a month but will then be able to undertake rehabilitation work.
Doctors had already instructed the player not to play again this season following the injury which was sustained in Italy's 56-13 defeat at the hands of France in the Stadio Flaminio in Rome last weekend.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.