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The 25-year-old winger/fullback, who had been in outstanding form this season, was carried off during Bath Rugby's 25-3 victory over Saracens at the weekend after falling awkwardly during a tackle and damaging his ACL ligament.

An initial scan on Monday proved inconclusive and it was decided that Lee should undergo keyhole surgery to determine the extent of the damage.

"His ACL is badly damaged," said Bath Rugby's head of Physical Preparation Chris Mallac. "The knee will need to settle down before it is operated on, which usually takes a couple of weeks.

It will need to be completely reconstructed so we cannot expect him back for around six months."

Bath Rugby head coach John Connolly said his contribution on the field will be missed, however, he also explained that Lee is keen to have a hands-on role with the team from the sidelines.

"We are all desperately sorry for Lee as he has been in outstanding form for us this season. However, Lee is an excellent team man and will have a large role to play in the team from the sidelines this season. He will be getting excellent medical treatment and we would all like to wish him a speedy recovery."

Meanwhile, Adam Vander is making excellent progress from the foot injury sustained whilst playing for England 'A' earlier in the year.

The 29-year-old flanker hopes to be in a position to be able to play a game before Christmas.

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