Haskell in race against time

Date published: January 10 2017

James Haskell is a major doubt for Wasps’ Champions Cup clash with Toulouse on Saturday.

Haskell made his long awaited return to action from the bench for Wasps last weekend in their Premiership game against Leicester, but had to leave the field after just 35 seconds after getting knocked out while executing a tackle on Freddie Burns.

Haskell managed to walk off the field, but must now go through the protocols introduced around concussion, a mandatory six-day graduated return.

Wasps Director of rugby Dai Young admitted Haskell is struggling to be fit for this weekend’s action.

“He’s probably doubtful, he’s still with the medics today. I think he’d really have to tick all the boxes so it’s unlikely he’s going to be fit – although he’s not ruled out,” Young said.

“We’ll have a better picture towards the end of the day but if he isn’t quite right then that’s it because he hasn’t got enough time. He has to tick every box and it would mean waiting until the morning of the game for him to be 100 per cent right.

“We may take a decision a little bit later in the week that it may be unwise for us to keep on waiting. The next 48 hours will have a big bearing and if he’s looking 100 per cent and passed everything we may continue with the process. If he’s not right then it’ll be a non-starter anyway.”