Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of the upcoming World Cup after suffering a collarbone injury.
Faletau picked up the injury during a Wales training camp and will require surgery, ruling him out of any involvement in Japan.
It continues a horrific run of injuries for the 28-year-old, who broke his arm twice last season and has not played a Test since March 2018.
Dragons back-rower Ross Moriarty, who filled in for Faletau during this year’s Six Nations, as well as Scarlets’ Aaron Shingler and the Cardiff Blues’ Josh Navidi, are options to fill Faletau’s place in the squad.
Wales face two Tests against England and two against Ireland before their World Cup starts against Georgia on 23 September.
Coach Warren Gatland will cut his provisional squad from 42 players down to a final 31-man party in early September.
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