Knee injury prevents Hassler return

Jeff Hassler’s return to Ospreys action has been delayed due to ongoing concerns over a knee injury.

The Canadian reported back to Llandarcy this week following his Rugby World Cup involvement, but Chris Towers, Medical Performance Manager at the Ospreys, confirmed that he won’t be involved with the region over the coming weeks:

“Jeff returned from the Rugby World Cup with a knee problem which he had played on with throughout the competition. We’ve assessed the injury, and sought a second opinion, and due to the nature of the issue we’ve been left with no option other than to offload him to allow it to settle down. I’d anticipate that it will be a period of at least four weeks before he will be fully fit to return to playing.”

Andrew Millward, Rugby General Manager, added:

“Although World Rugby commented earlier this week that the number of injuries at this tournament do not appear to higher than normal, that doesn’t match with what we are seeing for ourselves and we would welcome the opportunity to sit down with them and look at their findings.

“The reality is that clubs like ourselves who take great pride in developing players for international rugby, supplying almost one third of the Wales squad plus players to Canada and Fiji, are being hit hard as a consequence.”