James Haskell is to sit out Wasps penultimate Champions Cup clash with Toulouse this weekend after Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young confirmed that Haskell would play no part in Saturday’s game.
Haskell, who suffered the first concussion of his career against Leicester last weekend, lasted just 36 seconds in his return to rugby before being forced off the field after a failed tackle attempt on Tigers fullback Freddie Burns.
Young insists that Haskell is fine but decided to rest the player this weekend with a view of him returning for Wasps Pool 2 finale against winless Zebre next weekend in Parma.
“James is fine within himself, but he took a significant bang to the head on Sunday and we don’t feel it right to push him to meet the tight deadline for a six-day turnaround,” said Wasps director of rugby Dai Young (via ESPN).
“We would obviously all like for James to be involved in our big game against Toulouse, James included, but the most important thing is for him to feel completely right and under no pressure to make the game this weekend.
“This is first time he has suffered concussion and we have told him to take extra time, with the aim of being fit for Zebre in the final pool round.”
Meanwhile England lock Joe Launchbury said that he should be able to return this week after suffering a calf injury last month.
Launchbury was initially expected to miss England Six Nations opener against France next month but the Wasps second-row feels that he has suitably recovered from his calf injury and should be able to play this Saturday against Toulouse.
“The rehab has gone really well. As soon as I did it I was always really hopeful for this weekend,” Launchbury said.
“I’m delighted how it’s gone and how the calf feels so I’m ready to go again.”
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena