Wasps issue recovery update on the progress of Haskell and Beale
Kurtley Beale and James Haskell target Wasps return in mid-December.
Dai Young has advised that Kurtley Beale and James Haskell remain on schedule to make a mid-December return to action.
"They've done a lot of stuff in the gym," he says, "and are both now back running out on the paddock and are getting a bit closer. "Every day now is moving them forward, and they will both be able to get the ball in their hands over the next week or two, and if nothing changes are on track for mid-December."
England flanker Haskell's reappearance will provide much-needed ballast to a back-row currently also operating without Sam Jones , who will probably be sidelined until the last few weeks of the season with the broken leg and damaged ankle suffered at England's infamous Brighton training camp.
More This situation forced Young to use second row James Gaskell at No.6 in last weekend's defeat at Gloucester, while South African international Ashley Johnson, who spent last season converting from flanker to hooker, has also been required to revisit former glories in recent weeks.
With Guy Thompson also doubtful for Sunday's clash following the rib cartilage damage sustained at Kingsholm, both Johnson and Gaskell could be required to start alongside Thomas Young against Sale on Sunday, while Alex Rieder, who has consistently impressed when called upon, also enters selection calculations.
With due deference to Wasps' former skipper, the first appearance of 60-times-capped Wallabies' utility back Beale in black-and-gold will cause much greater excitement among the club's fans. The former Waratah reportedly became the Premiership's highest earner when he put pen to paper to seal his move to the Ricoh in the spring. However, he promptly suffered a serious injury to his patella tendon, which has so far prevented him from making his debut.
Recuperating in an alien environment while counting down the days until he can get on the pitch has created an obvious challenge for the 27- year-old, which Young recognises. However, he is full of praise for how Beale has fitted into the club, and the contribution he has made behind the scenes. "It must have been difficult for Kurtley to be here and injured for so long," Young says, "and when he's able to get on the park and show what he can do I'm sure he'll feel more part of it as that's difficult when you're not playing.
"But much like George Smith, Kurtley has been fantastic around the place. For somebody that we've all seen so much on TV and has won so many caps, he's really humble, will talk to anyone and just fits in. "
Lee Blackett has a lot of discussions with him about our attack, and he's been great to have about, but I think we'll see even more benefit and he'll be even more comfortable in expressing his opinions once he's involved on the field."
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