South African Pollard, 26, who joined Montpellier on a reported annual salary of $1.2 million (R20 million) after lifting the Webb Ellis Cup last November, was hurt while attempting to tackle Racing’s Baptiste Chouzenoux in the second half and was taken to a local hospital.
“Generally when someone leaves on a stretcher it’s never very good despite the fact there can be different degrees of knee injuries,” Montpellier coach Xavier Garbajosa said.
“I hope for him and the team it’s benign. He’s left for hospital,” he added.
The news of Pollard’s injury will be of massive concern for new Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber and Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus after it was confirmed on Friday that, pending Covid-19 clearance to resume international travel, the Springboks will form part of the Rugby Championship to be held in Australia in November and December.
The Springboks will not form part of the new eight-team Autumn Nations Cup.