WASPS have been dealt a major blow after flanker James Haskell was ruled out of action for up to six months.
The 31-year-old limped of during England’s second test against Australia last month where they secured the series win, before going on to complete a 3-0 whitewash in the final fixture.
Haskell, who was named man of the series, will now require reconstructive surgery on his big toe before returning to Wasps to complete his rehabilitation process.
“We’re all really disappointed for James and we are all wishing him a speedy recovery,” said Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young.
“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.”