England Rugby: Wasps star eyes England return

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James Haskell is closing in on a return to action and is hoping to reclaim his place in the England squad.

Haskell has had a tough time on the injury front recently and has been forced to undergo an operation to remove a damaged bursa in his left knee.

The 28-year-old has been struggling with tendinitis in his knee but the surgery also cleared that problem at the same time and he is now focused on stepping up his return.

Haskell aims to make his comeback for Wasps in October and is hoping for an injury-free run in the side, before then turning his attentions to returning to the England fold.

“My knee wrecked because I was falling on it all the time,” Haskell said.

“It affected me quite a bit. I came back from Japan and New Zealand with tendinitis in both my knees.

“It was debilitating, like running with bits of wood in front your knees. You can’t bend, can’t jump, can’t explode or be powerful.

“I managed to get myself into a position to keep playing, but by that last game of the Six Nations I just wasn’t able to perform.

“And then I had the issue with the bursa, which just made the tendinitis worse.

“I was probably operating at only 70 per cent last season. I managed to string some good games together for England and Wasps, but was not where I wanted to be.”

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