Taulupe Faletau forced off on Bath debut with knee ligament injury

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau picks up a potential long-term injury on his Bath Rugby debut, being forced off the field just 12 minutes in at Franklin's Gardens.

Wales face being without Taulupe Faletau for their upcoming fixtures after the number eight suffered possible medial knee ligament damage in Bath Rugby's win over Northampton Saints.

The 25-year-old had to be withdrawn 12 minutes into his side's 18-14 victory at Franklin's Gardens - Bath's first triumph on Northampton soil for 16 years.

Speaking after the match, Todd Blackadder admitted that the initial signs were not positive but would wait for tests before making further comment.

"It sounds like a little bit of a medial, so we'll just wait and see," he told BBC Sport. "It's about the strength in depth of your whole squad and we showed that."

Faletau joined the Aviva Premiership outfit from Newport Gwent Dragons earlier this summer.

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A general view of the Recreation Ground before the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Harlequins at the Recreation Ground on October 31, 2015
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