Wasps have released an update on the fitness of new signing Kurtley Beale as the Wallaby star continues his recovery from a knee injury.
Having been injured playing for the Waratahs in May's Super Rugby clash with the Bulls, Beale is recovering well, according to Wasps.
The 27-year-old, who can play at fly-half, centre or full-back, tore his patella tendon within the first minute after contesting a high ball, and following successful surgery, received an initial prognosis of six months out of the game.
"The first six weeks following surgery were spent in a knee brace, since then Beale has returned to the Waratahs to continue his rehabilitation, which has progressed well," Wasps said in a statement on their official website.
"The Waratahs have been in close communication with the Wasps medical team throughout the process in order to facilitate an effective handover of care, which is due to take place in mid-August."
As Beale continues his recovery in Sydney, Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young gave his own assessment on his progress: "It's never good news when a player is sidelined for a lengthy period, but Kurtley’s prognosis was better than first expected when he was helped from the field and his recovery has been positive so far.
"Our medical team at Wasps have been in close contact with their counterparts at the NSW Waratahs and we're happy that Kurtley is moving in the right direction.
"We're all looking forward to Kurtley joining up with the squad in mid-August, but our priority is the player's welfare. Firstly, we have to make sure that he's ready to travel, before then making sure that he is fit to play.
"None of that will happen overnight but we're pleased that his rehabilitation is on track and we'll continue to monitor his situation closely."