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Western Force hooker Ben Whittaker has suffered a big pre-season set back, breaking his left foot.

He is due for surgery on Wednesday.

Whittaker, 23, who will be battling for the starting No.2 jumper with Nathan Charles is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.

The 113kg hooker has made 29 Super Rugby appearances for the club after making his debut three years ago against the Lions in Perth.