Cruel in­jury blow leaves Dan ‘gut­ted’

Coventry Telegraph - - SPORT - By JA­COB LEEK Dan Rob­son is set to have an op

DAN Rob­son’s an­kle in­jury is worse than first feared af­ter Wasps re­vealed he has been ruled out un­til Jan­uary.

Rob­son was forced off af­ter 40 min­utes of last week’s de­feat to Glouces­ter and his club had hoped he would be side­lined for a month.

But the scrum-half tweeted yes­ter­day that he was set to have surgery af­ter a spe­cial­ist re­viewed an MRI scan.

Al­though he said his sur­geon has promised he will ‘come back stronger’, Rob­son ad­mit­ted that he is ‘gut­ted to be out for a while’.

The three month lay-off was con­firmed by Wasps in their team an­nounce­ment and means the 26-year-old will be un­avail­able for Eng­land’s au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als.

This is a cruel blow to Rob­son af­ter he made a light­ning start to the sea­son and was se­lected in Ed­die Jones’ pre-sea­son train­ing squad for the na­tional side.

The black-and-golds have said three months is an ap­prox­i­mate es­ti­mate, but if the former Glouces­ter man was to be ruled out un­til Jan­uary, he would miss the visit to Pre­mier­ship cham­pi­ons Sara­cens as well as the Cham­pi­ons Cup dou­ble header with Toulon.

Boss Dai Young re­vealed this week that Rob­son was his clear first-choice scrum-half, with club stal­wart Joe Simp­son and Craig Hamp­son re­duced to sub ap­pear­ances.

“At this mo­ment in time, Dan is re­ally per­form­ing re­ally well and is our num­ber one nine,” Young said ear­lier this week.

”We know what Joe can do. Hampo has been knock­ing on the door for more op­por­tu­ni­ties and that is where we are.

“Hampo, when he’s had op­por­tu­ni­ties, has not let us down. It will be an in­ter­est­ing one.”

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