Italy's experienced winger and place kicker Mirco Bergamasco looks likely to miss next year's RBS 6 Nations after doctors said he would be out for as much as five months following knee surgery.

Bergamasco fractured his knee cap in yesterday's 22-19 defeat by Australia, which wrapped up Italy's November fixtures, and the Italian Rugby Federation said in a statement he would be out for between "four and five months".

Prop Andrea Lo Cicero also broke ribs yesterday and should return in 45 days.