Haskell on the mend

Date published: July 22 2016

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England back-row James Haskell is eager to get back on the rugby field following surgery on his foot.

The flanker enjoyed a superlative Test series in Australia recently, picking up the man of the series award following England's 3-0 whitewash of the Wallabies.

Following the tour, Haskell went under the knife to have a piece of bone removed and tendons repaired. Doctors expect him to be out of action from four to six months, but Haskell is already planning his return.

"I have got two weeks with my foot up and then the rehab starts," the 31-year-old told Sky Sports.

"Anyone will tell you who has been injured, it is way worse than any of the training, it is going to be quite flat-out.

"I will try to come back as fast as I can. The surgeon said four to six months, I will try to be pushing back for four.

"It is a long process but I am good at compartmentalising. I've been playing non-stop for 14 years, this is an opportunity to come back better and fitter."

Haskell added that he had been playing with anesthetic in his foot for a large part of the season to numb the pain.

"I had been playing for five or six games with anaesthetic in my foot towards the end of the season, because it just got more and more sore," he revealed.

"I saw a specialist and nothing else was going to happen to it but then, in that second Test, I must have weakened something called the plantar plate, and had to have an operation.

"I was in for about two and a half hours under the knife and the surgeon says he has done his best work.

"The most important thing for me is getting back for Wasps. I was captain last season, it is my favourite club in the world, and I am disappointed not to be there with the guys training."

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