Bath might have been hugely impressive in victory over Newcastle Falcons on Saturday but they now find themselves without two international back rows for an extended period.
Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau suffered medial ligament damage a week ago against Northampton Saints and it has now been revealed that he faces up to two months on the sidelines.
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That could rule him out of Wales’ November internationals, a major blow for the Wales star who would have been looking to impress Warren Gatland ahead of The British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour to New Zealand.
Faletau was part of the 2013 Lions squad that claimed a 2-1 series victory in Australia, starting the crucial third Test for Gatland’s side.
But Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder explained: “He’s had a scan this week. It's anything from six to eight (weeks).”
Faletau will be joined on the sidelines by Scotland’s David Denton, who faces four months out because of a torn hamstring.
Neither featured in the win over Newcastle having both suffered their injuries a week ago against Northampton.