Fly-half Francois Trinh Duc, pictured playing for France last year, has broken his arm for the third time

Paris (AFP) - Former France fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc will miss the early part of the new Top 14 season after breaking his right arm in a warm-up match, his club Racing 92 announced on Tuesday.

The injury, which occurred in the 10-7 win over Brive on Friday, marks the third time in three years that the 32-year-old has broken the same arm.

The first time he was playing for France against Samoa in November 2016.

The second break occurred in Toulon’s Top 14 play-off against Lyon in 2018 and ruled him out of the subsequent France tour to New Zealand. He has not played for France since.

Trinh-Duc faces an operation in the coming days and another spell out of action.

It is bad news for both the player, who only arrived at Racing this summer after being squeezed out of Toulon, and for the club whose other two fly-halves are on World Cup duty, Finn Russell with Scotland and Ben Volavola with Fiji.

Racing now look likely to start the season against Bayonne on August 24 with inexperienced 21-year-old Antoine Gibert wearing the number 10 jersey.