Wales wing and centre George North has been dominated out of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his proper knee.
The 29-year-old suffered the injury on Saturday, taking part in for Ospreys towards Cardiff Blues within the Pro14 Rainbow Cup.
Lions coach Warren Gatland will identify his 36-man squad on 6 May.
North tweeted: “Sport can be cruel. I will need surgery next week. Heartbroken is an understatement.”
North suffered the issue early within the second half of the 36-14 victory.
He appeared to get his leg caught within the Liberty Stadium turf and was in notable ache earlier than being helped off the sphere.
He was that includes on the wing for his area after getting used as a centre by Wales coach Wayne Pivac this season.
North performed an essential position in Wales’ 2021 Six Nations title success, impressing at exterior centre.
His versatility and expertise of taking part in on earlier Lions excursions made him a chief candidate to be named in Gatland’s squad to tour South Africa in July and August.
It would have been a 3rd Lions tour for North after he was half of the squad in Australia in 2013 and New Zealand 4 years later.
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