Launchbury a doubt for Six Nations

Date published: December 15 2014

Joe Launchbury could be a doubt for the Six Nations after Dai Young revealed his injury rehab is going more slowly than expected.

The 23-year-old missed the November Tests with a nerve problem in his neck and his Wasps coach Young explained the lock was struggling to shake off the problem.

It is unclear at the moment how much longer Launchbury will be out for, but Young admitted it could be a matter of months rather than weeks, depending on how a meeting with a specialist goes this week.

“Joe’s rehab isn’t going quite as quickly as we’d like. He has an appointment with the consultant next week and we’ll know more then,” said Young after Wasps’ 44-17 Champions Cup victory over Castres.

“Fingers crossed it’s not too serious and his rehab will pick up quickly. Sometimes the rehab goes quicker than expected, sometimes it goes slower. There are checkpoints and those aren’t being reached as quickly as we’d hoped for.

“We have a good relationship with England, we work together on everything and the most important thing is to be getting Joe right.

“He has been out for a while and we want him back and 100 per cent. Whether that’s in two or three week’s time or two or three month’s time, who knows. Only time will tell.”