Haskell out for four Months with Injury
England star James Haskell out for four to six months with toe injury
The joys of early summer for James Haskell have turned to woe with news that the toe injury which kept him out of the third test in Australia requires surgery and will sideline the Wasps captain for between four to six months, ruling him of the first part of the season for his club as well as England’s autumn schedule of test matches.
Haskell, who was named Man of the Series in the historic 3-0 whitewash of the Wallabies, has been rejuvenated under the coaching of Eddie Jones and would have been relishing the prospect of continuing that form into the new season.
The 31 year old, who felt himself to be undervalued by previous England regimes, has come to the fore over the last six months and was looking forward to pressing his claims for the 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand with an impressive outing against South Africa, Fiji Argentina and Australia again in November.
However, the toe problem that has been dogging him for a while and which was eventually to rule him out of the last test in Sydney requires reconstructive surgery.
Haskell had been playing through pain, revealing that when he finally hobbled off just before the end of the series-clinching second test in Melbourne that he assumed that a stud had come through the sole of his boot so acute was the sensation in the front end of his foot. Instead the long-standing issue had been aggravated.
The decision has been taken to put him under the surgeon’s knife so that he might play role in what will be a long season through to the end of the Lions tour 12 months hence. Haskell will be mindful, too, that Wasps will be eager to push themselves further towards the top of English rugby after their encouraging showing last season.
Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We’re all really disappointed for James and we are all wishing him a speedy recovery. James’ performances with England, both in the 3-0 series win over Australia and in England’s Six Nations Grand Slam success, have been hugely impressive.
Everyone at Wasps knows how hard James works to make those performances happen, and we know he’ll be working just as hard to come back in the best shape possible. Our medical team will be working closely with James over the next few months to get him back to full fitness and in the meantime there will be a good opportunity for the other back row players we have at the club to stake a claim.”
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