James Haskell has taken to Instagram to reassure his followers that he is on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery on his big toe.
The 31-year-old Wasps flanker, who will be out for four to six months, posted a short video on the social media site on Tuesday morning, alongside the caption: ‘Im alive!! Operation went well.’
Haskell is set to be on the sidelines for England’s autumn internationals, missing Tests against Argentina, Australia, South Africa and Fiji, and the start of the Aviva Premiership season.
Addressing his fans from his hospital bed, Haskell said in a candid message: ‘Hi guys, so I’m up, sort of, made it to the operation – all good. Obviously still a bit drowzy but it’s OK.
‘Everybody said the operation went well, so first day on the journey onto rehab. I may have had some Special K, going against my No 1 rule about eating cereals but in hospital you’ve just got to roll with it.
‘Thanks for all the amazing messages and I’ll keep you in touch with loads of videos about my rehab, what I’m doing, and everything else but for the moment it’s just resting and making sure I don’t put any weight on my foot.’
The man of the series for the tour of Australia limped off the field in the second Test, with Teimana Harrison replacing him for the third match.
Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young said: ‘We’re all really disappointed for James and we are all wishing him a speedy recovery.
‘James’ performances with England, both in the 3-0 series win over Australia and in England’s Six Nations success, have been hugely impressive.
‘We know he’ll be working hard to come back in the best shape possible.’
Eddie Jones will have to step up his search for a new openside flanker, with Harrison, Jack Clifford and Matt Kvesic all keen to impress when the new season starts.
Haskell’s absence is also a huge blow for Wasps, given his imperious form.