Young investigates Wasps' injury woe
February 29, 2012
Riki Flutey will miss the rest of the season © Getty Images
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has revealed that he has tried to pick apart the reason's behind the club's injury crisis which has seen 15 first-team players sidelined this season with major knocks.
With the Adams Park side struggling in the Aviva Premiership - just six points above basement side Newcastle Falcons - their woes showed no signs of abating with the news this week that stand-in skipper Marco Wentzel is out for the rest of the season along with British & Irish Lions centre Riki Flutey. And Wentzel will join the likes of Christian Wade, Tom Varndell, Chris Bell, skipper Joe Hart and Joe Launchbury on the sidelines.
Young is at a loss to explain the reasons behind their injury crisis and has simply put it down to "cruel luck".
"Clearly we have been seriously affected by a huge number of injuries and it is quite unprecedented when you start adding up the number of surgeries the squad has had to contend with alone," Young said. "We have examined extremely carefully every single aspect of our training to make sure that there are no contributing factors in that respect but the simple fact is that the majority of our injuries are impact injuries in games and you just have to sometimes put that down to cruel luck.
"I am not one to sit down to dwell on that kind of luck, we've got to just work as hard as we can with the players who are fit and keep improving to get the points we all desperately want."
Wasps now welcome London Irish to Adams Park on Saturday and are hopeful that Richard Haughton and Elliot Daly will both be fit to play.
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