Wales star Taulupe Faletau looks set to miss most of this season's NatWest 6 Nations after suffering a knee injury.
The powerful number eight, who has won 70 caps and featured on the last two British and Irish Lions tours, was hurt during Bath's European Champions Cup defeat against Toulon last Saturday.
And Bath have now confirmed that Faletau suffered a grade three medial knee ligament injury, which is likely to see him sidelined for 12-16 weeks.
It is understood that Faletau will see a specialist later this week to discover if surgery is required.
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Liam Williams will miss Wales' Test with New Zealand on Saturday because of an abdominal injury.
The Welsh Rugby Union announced on Tuesday morning that the 26-year-old back will miss out after suffering the injury against Georgia on Saturday.
The news will be welcomed by the All Blacks, whom he terrorised during the summer's drawn series with the British and Irish Lions.
Williams, who can cover the full-back or wing position, is not Wales' only absentee.
Winger Alex Cuthbert has been released because of a calf injury and the WRU has not put a timescale on either man's return.
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