ACT Brumbies and Wallabies star David Pocock says he won't take shortcuts to rush back for the British and Irish Lions tour as he faces up to six months on the sideline. A gutted Pocock ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the Brumbies' 35-6 trouncing of the NSW Waratahs on Saturday night and needs a knee reconstruction. He has two options - a traditional reconstruction or the revolutionary LARS surgery which can have players back on the field in three months. Pocock will meet with surgeons on Monday to decide which option to take. If he had LARS surgery Australia's premier openside flanker could conceivably be back on the field to play some part in the Wallabies' series against the Lions in June and July. But given he's just 24, Pocock doesn't want to risk future complications and will likely opt for the traditional operation where hamstring ligaments are used to strengthen the knee. ''Playing in the Lions tour has been a huge goal of mine, but when it comes to something like your knee you can't risk it or take shortcuts,'' he said. ''My priority now is getting it right and ensuring long term for the rest of my rugby I've got a strong and healthy knee, and I've got to give some thought to after rugby as well. ''I'm not sure how long we're looking at the moment, I'm gutted but I've got to move on so I'm not too grouchy for people around me.'' Most teams would be left struggling after losing a player of Pocock's calibre. But in a sign of the Brumbies' depth, 110-Test veteran George Smith will fill the No. 7 duties as he continues his short-term stint in Canberra. Smith's contract with the Brumbies expires on May 31.