Second rower Pascal Pape will miss France's autumn internationals with a back injury.
Pape is hoping to be back in action in December
The Bourgoin player, who has 12 caps, was forced out of his side's Heineken Cup win over Glasgow on Friday.
After facing Australia on 5 November, France will also face Canada, Tonga and South Africa.
"I don't see myself playing for France while I'm only half-fit. The surgeon says an operation is not necessary but I need treatment urgently," said Pape.