Huget, 28, was forced off during France’s 32-10 victory over Italy in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, and Saint-Andre said on TF1 television station that the winger had injured ligaments in his right knee. Saint-Andre also wrote on his Twitter account: “A big thought for Yoann Huget, a model player in terms of his commitment, great guy. We’re all with you, (have a) good recovery.”
Toulouse team-mate Maxime Medard, who can play at wing or full-back, and Castres centre Remi Lamerat, who began his career at Toulouse, are the favourites to replace Huget for the rest of the tournament.
The winger was forced off after 56 minutes of Saturday’s match at Twickenham, the first game of the tournament for the two Six Nations rivals, who are in Pool D alongside Ireland, Canada and Romania. He was running down the wing with ball in hand when he pushed off his right leg to cut inside a defender, only to collapse to the ground, wincing in pain.
Huget has played 41 Tests for France scoring seven tries, having made his debut in 2010. He was pulled out of the France squad for Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand after missing three doping tests, for which he was handed a three-month suspension.