LONDON – England lock Joe Launchbury has been ruled out of their November internationals after the Wasps captain underwent knee surgery, the Premiership club said on Friday.
Wasps confirmed in a statement that the 27-year-old would be sidelined for 10-12 weeks after picking up an injury in Wasps’ Premiership win over Leicester Tigers last month.
It means Launchbury, who has won 54 caps for his country, will miss England’s matches against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia next month.
England coach Eddie Jones, who is already without Bath back Anthony Watson and Exeter forward Sam Simmonds through injury, will announce the squad for the Tests on Thursday.
🤕 INJURY UPDATE— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) October 12, 2018
Joe Launchbury has undergone a knee operation which will keep him out of action for the next 10-12 weeks.
Dan Robson is due to have an ankle operation today and will be out of action for 12 weeks. pic.twitter.com/LmeTwrcyq6
Wasps also confirmed scrumhalf Dan Robson will have an operation on his ankle, ruling him out of action for 12 weeks.