London Wasps winger Christian Wade is the latest player to join England’s growing list of banged-up players after being ruled out for up to six months with a foot injury.
In a statement on Wasps’ official website, director of rugby Dai Young said the news was “devastating” for both the player and the club.
Christian was hugely unlucky to miss out on being capped this Autumn with England and he had hoped to push on and put in some good performances for Wasps to get him in contention for Six Nations selection.
The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for Wasps, who currently sit seventh in the Premiership table, this season. He has scored five tries for his club, which puts him joint second in the try-scoring charts, one behind Saracens’ David Strettle.
Wade had only just returned to action after a hamstring injury cost him his place in the England squad for the Autumn Internationals against Argentina and New Zealand.
The youngster had been omitted from the squad for the game against Australia but had forced his way into contention for the final games with some standout performances for Wasps.
Wade will now definitely miss out on England’s Six Nations campaign, which kicks off Feb. 1 with a tricky game away to France.
Christian Wade out 4 6 months after damaging ankle ligaments. Needs op. Big blow for Wasps +England. Lancaster having no luck with injuries— Brendan gallagher (@gallagherbren) December 2, 2013
The news of Wade’s injury will be a concern for head coach Stuart Lancaster, who has suffered a spate of bad news in recent weeks.
The England boss has already lost flanker Tom Croft for the season, while Manu Tuilagi, Alex Corbisiero, Geoff Parling, Ben Foden and Marland Yarde are also doubts for the 2014 edition of the tournament.
England will need to be as close to full strength as possible if they’re to wrestle the Six Nations crown from Wales’ grasp, and Lancaster will be hoping to see some of his key men return in time for their opener in Paris.