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Wasps injury update: Brad Shield and Joe Launchbury

Dai Young has given an update on the England duo of Brad Shields and Joe Launchbury, sidelined with cheekbone and knee injuries respectively.

Both will not return to face Gloucester, but could feature against Heineken Champions Cup holders Leinster on Friday week.

He also suggested All Black fly-half Lima Sopoaga will miss the chance to go toe-to-toe with Gloucester this weekend.

“It’s a case of 70 per cent unlikely that he [Lima] will play,” said Young. “He hasn’t done anything structurally, he doesn’t need an operation, just tackling and he was stiff after the game but a number of the players are like that.

“He trained a little bit on Tuesday and we thought we were out of the woods, but he has come in Wednesday and it is worse. He couldn’t really train and we don’t really expect him to train tomorrow, so if a player is not 100 per cent we wouldn’t play him.

“But he could come in tomorrow and be alright and happy days!”


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