Dai Young expects James Haskell and Kurtley Beale to provide early Christmas present for Wasps
Wasps boss Dai Young has revealed that marquee signing Kurtley Beale’s recovery from a serious knee injury is progressing well, and his debut for the club is tentatively scheduled for early December.
The former Waratah, who has 60 Australia caps to his name, suffered a ruptured patella playing for the Sydney-based club in early May, which required a lengthy period of rehab.
Beale arrived in Coventry in late summer, but Young has only become able to put a cautious estimate on the utility back’s likely return-to-play date since he has recommenced running.
The first couple of weeks in December is where he’s currently at,” Young said, “and I don’t think that’s going to change much really.”
Young estimates that England flanker James Haskell, who was forced to undergo toe reconstruction surgery following the second Australia v England test in June, will return to action around the same time, while he was delighted to see Wasps’ third long-term injury victim, Alapati Leuia, back on the pitch in Monday night’s A League defeat at Franklin’s Gardens.
“We’re looking at a similar timescale to Kurtley for Hask,” Wasps’ boss says.
“It was great to see Alapati get through a good 40 minutes on Monday night.” “It’s been a long time, so we don’t want to push him too hard, but I’m sure he’s really pleased to be back on the pitch, and we all know what quality he brings.”
In addition to Haskell and Beale, summer signing Tom Woolstencroft, young prop Alex Lundberg and newly-injured Sam Jones from Wasps’ 39-strong senior squad are currently out of action, which adds up to their cleanest bill of health for some time.
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