Concern for Wasps after Kurtley Beale suffers 'significant' knee injury
Wasps are anxiously awaiting a medical update on Kurtley Beale after the Australia playmaker suffered a serious knee injury on Saturday.
Just 24 hours after his big-money move to the Ricoh Arena was announced by the Aviva Premiership title challengers, Beale was left facing a lengthy spell of rehabilitation that could jeopardise his plans.
The 27-year-old damaged his left knee while leaping to catch a high ball inside the opening 30 seconds of the Waratahs' 31-8 victory over the Bulls in Sydney and having received treatment on the pitch, he was driven off on a stretcher cart.
The injury is a suspected ruptured patellar tendon, a diagnosis that could rule him out for between six and 12 months.
Coach Daryl Gibson said Beale is "very unlikely" to play again for the Waratahs in the Super Rugby season, but Wasps too will be closely monitoring the longer-term prognosis.
Gibson added, in comments reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: "Kurtley has suffered a significant injury to his patellar tendon and at the moment he is being transported to hospital.
"Until he has scans we won't know the severity of that, but certainly at this stage it's very significant."
What ramifications a lengthy lay-off would have on the deal to join Wasps are unknown and the Premiership club were unable to comment when contacted on Saturday.
Beale was expected to arrive in Coventry upon completion of the Waratahs' season over the coming weeks and the injury setback is a savage blow for player and club, who have been celebrating one of biggest signings in Premiership history.
Beale, who has won 60 international caps, is understood to have agreed a one-year contract with the option for a 12-month extension.
While the £750,000 figure quoted for his annual salary has been disputed, it is known that he is the highest earner to have played in the English top flight, eclipsing the £500,000 paid to rugby league convert Sam Burgess.