Joe Launchbury has been ruled out of the British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa after scans confirmed he suffered a cruciate ligament injury during Wasps’ win over Bath.
Launchbury took a blow to his left knee before half-time in Sunday’s Premiership and had to be helped from the pitch.
Wasps director of rugby Lee Blackett said post-match that he expected his captain to be sidelined for a lengthy period and scans have confirmed his fears.
“Joe Launchbury sustained a complete rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Sunday’s game against Bath Rugby,” Wasps said in a statement.
“He has had a consultation with a knee specialist, who has confirmed that he will require surgery.
“Everyone at Wasps wishes Joe all the best for a speedy recovery.”
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