England lock Launchbury ruled out of Six Nations

Joe Launchbury left the field looking very groggy

English Premiership Rugby club Wasps have announced that England International second rower Joe Launchbury will have surgery on his neck to decompress a nerve.

Launchbury hasn’t played since the beginning of November due to a bulging disc and missed the Autumn Internationals.

He will undergo a routine decompression of the nerve this Friday and is expected to be out of hospital on Saturday.

A statement from Wasps says that a “rehabilitation period of approximately three to four months is anticipated. “

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said, “As you would expect, this is a frustrating time for Joe, but the most important thing in all of this isn’t rugby, it’s Joe’s long-term health. “

“We have consulted specialists in this field and they have recommended surgery as the best option to get him back to full fitness for the long-term.

“Joe is in good hands, being looked after by one of the world’s leading surgeons and he will have the full support of the Wasps and England medical teams during his rehabilitation period. ”

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