England wing Elliot Daly has been declared fit again for Wasps this weekend, despite being ruled out for six weeks just over a week ago.
The England and Lions wing had originally been ruled out for six weeks following a nasty finger dislocation during Wasps’ defeat to Leicester Tigers in the latest round of the Premiership but has made an early return to fitness ahead of his side's trip to Sale this weekend.
Daly suffered a compound dislocation in the 38th minute at Welford Road after scoring a brace of tries. The winger needed gas and air once off the field and spent the rest of the evening with his arm in a sling, such was the extent of his injury.
Initial reports were that the England star was set for six weeks out and some time spent in the sun in Dubai. However, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young has reported that Daly has recovered well from his injury and has been dealing with pain management since the Tigers’ defeat.
"Elliot is good to go," said Young. "It was a really nasty finger injury but it's been sewn up and it's just been pain management really. He's been fine with it all week."
Taylor makes overdue return
Hooker Tommy Taylor also looks set to make his return to the Premiership for the first time this season. Taylor picked up a nasty knee injury on England duty last summer and saw a return to play scuppered with a neck injury earlier this season. Alongside fit-again loosehead and former club captain Matt Mullan, Taylor will be looking to re-cement his place as Wasps' number one hooker.
Tom Cruse has been putting in impressive performances for the Coventry-based side, forcing his name into suggestion for an England call-up in certain circles.
Dai Young seemed confident the 26-year-old would be fit and ready for his side’s clash with Sale Sharks this weekend.
"Tommy is looking strong to go on the bench," he said. "We've given him that little bit of extra time since the last game and he's come through that."
Wasps will, however, be without second row James Gaskell, centres Juan de Jongh and Brendan Macken, hooker/back row Ashley Johnson and wing Marcus Watson.
Kyle Eastmond and Gabriel Lovobalavu are still serving bans for high tackles, leaving Wasps midfield looking short on options.