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Experienced second-row Launchbury had to be helped from the pitch before half-time in Wasps’ 39-29 Premiership win over Bath on Sunday, and subsequent scans have revealed the extent of the injury.
“Joe Launchbury sustained a complete rupture of his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) during Sunday’s game against Bath Rugby," Wasps confirmed on Tuesday.
"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.”
Launchbury, who has been capped 69 times by England, missed the recent Six Nations with a stress fracture of the tibia and has never previously toured with the Lions.