Wasps, who had only 24 fit squad players for a Champions Cup weekend a fortnight ago as a result of both Covid infections and injury, are steadily seeing the injured players returning to full fitness.
With the Covid-affected players also now out of isolation, the returns to training of backs Ryan Mills, Paolo Odogwu, Sam Spink and Charlie Atkinson, all of whom will be in contention to return to action over the next four months, has seen an uplift in the club atmosphere.
“Those four backs coming in have added a big difference to training,” said coach Lee Blackett to the Coventry Telegraph.
“If we’re struggling for nine or 10 fit backs, you have to think about what we’re were training against on the field.
“The level of training has gone up within the last week with those guys back in training. Competition for places, pushing each other on, I think we will be better for it.”
As well as that quartet, hooker Tom Cruse has recovered from a concussion suffered against Saracens in October and is in-line to return against his former club London Irish this coming weekend, while Elliot Millar-Mills, Will Simonds, Matteo Minozzi, Gabriel Oghre and Ben Morris also should be fit again by early to mid-January.
Lock Joe launchbury, scrum-half Dan Robson and centre Malakai Fekitoa are all pencilled in to return at the end of January, which would also spell the end of one of the club’s worst-ever injury crises if all goes to plan.
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