England and Wasps flanker James Haskell could be out for up to six months with a foot injury.
The 31-year-old requires reconstructive surgery on his big toe and will likely to miss England’s autumn international series.
The injury forced Haskell out of the third Test against Australia in June as Eddie Jones’ side completed a 3-0 series whitewash
James Haskell’s injury, sustained in England’s second test victory against the Wallabies, will require surgery and the flanker is now expected to be sidelined for up to six months.
After limping off in England’s second Test against Australia, Haskell will undergo reconstructive surgery on his big toe before returning to Wasps to complete his rehabilitation process. Despite missing the final match of the 3-0 whitewash
Despite missing the final match of the 3-0 whitewash, the Wasps back-rower was named player of the series after two outstanding displays down uner.
In a statement, Wasps said: “James Haskell’s injury, sustained in England’s second Test against Australia this summer, requires surgery and the back-row is expected to be sidelined for four to six months.
“After limping off in England’s second Test against Australia, James Haskell will undergo reconstructive surgery on his big toe before returning to Wasps to complete his rehabilitation process.”
And Wasps rugby director Dai Young added: “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.”