Nathan Hughes suffered a dead leg when the Wasps’ lost 25-9 to Bath over the weekend and in doing so has created more headaches for England coach Eddie Jones.
Hughes was forced to come off the pitch after his international colleague Anthony Watson’s knee made contact with his knee during an aerial challenge. Hughes attempted to run the injury off but was unable to and subsequently came off the pitch.
The Wasps are hopefully that he will be able to make a return within a week or two and if he does manage that quick a return then he will most likely be able to take part in the upcoming autumn Test series against Argentina, Australia and Samoa.
However, Jones will be anxiously monitoring the situation as Hughes is in line to replace first-choice No 8 Billy Vunipola after he was ruled out until next January at the earliest due to knee surgery.
Dai Young, the Wasps director of rugby said, “Nathan had quite a bad dead leg. Hopefully he will recover by next week, but we don’t know. We’ve said before it will only be one week and it ends up being longer. We said that with Danny Cipriani, one week to 10 days when it was three months, so what do I know? It’s a bit early to tell, but he’s certainly not looking at knee instability or anything like that, it’s purely a dead leg. Nathan’s a big player for us.”
Also over the weekend the England prop Kyle Sinckler was cited for an alleged eye-gouging incident in the Harlequins’ defeat at Northampton. Today he will be appearing before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel in Bristol and could be facing anything up to a 12-week suspension if found guilty.
— Matt Hampson (@Hambofoundation) September 25, 2017