England Star Poised To Make Return After Lengthy Lay-Off


England flanker James Haskell is poised to make his comeback after seven months on the sidelines when Wasps face Leicester on Sunday.

Haskell has been named on the bench for the Aviva Premiership showdown against the Tigers at the Ricoh Arena after completing his recovery from a toe injury that ended his summer tour to Australia.

The back-row forward limped off towards the end of the series-clinching second Test in Melbourne and underwent surgery. England won the series 3-0 in Australia and remained unbeaten in 2016.


His return leaves him with three fixtures to prove his fitness ahead of the RBS 6 Nations opener against France on February 4, with Wasps also facing Toulouse and Zebre in the Champions Cup this month.

Haskell was instrumental in England completing an historic series victory on Australian soil, with a bone-jarring tackle on David Pocock the highlight of his two performances.

His availability could be well-timed, with Eddie Jones learning on Monday if Chris Robshaw, another key back row forward, can play any part in the Six Nations due to a shoulder problem.

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