Wasps injury news: Dai Young hoping for Juan de Jongh return

Wasps boss Dai Young is hoping South African centre Juan de Jongh will be available for his side's Champions Cup clash with Ulster.

de Jongh was replaced at half-time in the loss against Saracens a fortnight ago due to a tight hamstring and he was forced to sit out the last-gasp defeat to Harlequins last Saturday.


The 21-time capped Springbok has made an impressive impact at the Ricoh since arriving from Super Rugby side the Stormers last summer, making 16 appearances and scoring two tries.

Wasps are in the midst of an injury crisis at centre, with Elliot Daly, Gaby Lovobalavu and Jimmy Gopperth all on the sidelines until mid-February at best, while Kyle Eastmond has only recently returned.

This has meant that fringe men Guy Armitage and Brendan Macken have stepped into the first-team, with both making good displays across the last two matches.

Eastmond was withdrawn in the defeat at The Stoop after 55 minutes and Young said afterwards that it was a precautionary measure.

And Wasps' boss is now expecting de Jongh to hand him a much needed injury boost ahead of the clash with Ulster.

"Juan should be back hopefully," he said, "we didn't make any tactical subs at the weekend.

"Thomas Young came off because of a bang on his knee, he was limping about, but he's back in training now.

"Kyle Eastmond was just cramping up everywhere really, because he's been out for so long and hasn't been able to put many training sessions together, but he's going to be fine.

 

"Simon McIntyre had a kick in his hamstring which made it a bit swollen but he should be OK for this weekend."


Despite this positive news, Young can still only pick from 27 fit players, with first-choice men such as Matt Mullan and Nathan Hughes still ruled out.

"We haven't lost anybody, I think it's the first week for a while we haven't lost a player so that was pleasing," Young added.

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