Injured Wade needs England miracle
April 17, 2014
Wasps' Christian Wade will miss Saturday's showpiece match against Gloucester at Twickenham © Getty Images
Christian Wade is almost certain to miss England's tour to New Zealand unless someone can find a "magic wand" to heal his injury, according to Dai Young.
Wade has been struggling to recover from a foot injury that has kept him on the sidelines since November last year. And although the player gave a positive update on his fitness on Tuesday, Wasps director of rugby Young has issued a more cautious assessment.
"I don't know where it is all coming from really because he's nowhere near playing at the moment - unless someone has got a magic wand," Young said.
"Obviously he is working hard to get back but my understanding is he is well exceeding a month. I don't see when he is going to be playing for us.
"There are no issues and no problems, he's just running out of time with the season coming to a close."
Wade made his England debut last summer against Argentina and was tipped to form part of Stuart Lancaster's squad for the 2013 autumn internationals. But a hamstring injury and then damage to ligaments in his foot have seen his England career stall.
Wade has insisted his target is to play in the 2015 World Cup. "There's no rush for me to get back, but I'm working hard. No one can say precisely when I'll be ready," he said.
"There won't be any risks taken but ultimately I want to be in that World Cup squad. That's the bigger picture. Although New Zealand is a massive tour and no one wants to miss it, but if it could jeopardise my future then then I will miss it."
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