Dai Young remains confident Kurtley Beale will be back to full fitness by September
Beale had “successful” knee surgery in Australia this Monday but could still be out up to six months
The injury ends Beale’s final season with the Waratahs prematurely while ruling him out of the June internationals against England
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young remains hopeful Kurtley Beale will be fit to feature for his new club by September.
The back has had “successful” knee surgery in Australia this Monday but is still expected to be out six months at a minimum. Beale injured his patella after falling awkwardly in the opening minute of the Waratahs’ win over the Bulls in Sydney last Saturday.
Young though says while the injury is a setback, he has attempted to put as positive a spin on it as possible and is keen to see the utility back on the field for Wasps at some point in September.
“The first thing to say is our thoughts go out to Kurtley. You never want to see a player being injured,” Young said.
“So that was our first concern, making sure he’s okay. He’s not our player yet, so we have got limited information of where he is. But the information that we have got, it is pretty much that it’s four to six months.
“It’s obviously not ideal, but it’s not catastrophic for us, which means hopefully he’ll be playing for us in September.
“If he’s not right in September and it’s a little bit longer, then it’s a little bit longer, because we certainly won’t rush him.”
The injury ends Beale’s final season with the Waratahs prematurely while ruling him out of the June internationals against England and at least part of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, which starts in August.