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Wasps back James Haskell for Six Nations after recovery from injury

Flanker James Haskell has been passed fit for Wasps as director of rugby Dai Young backed him to shine for England.

The 31-year-old will feature for Wasps in their final European Champions Cup game at Zebre on Sunday, with the Coventry side expected to reach the knock-out stages.

Haskell made his first appearance since playing for England against Australia in the summer in Wasps' 22-16 victory over Leicester earlier this month after undergoing foot surgery.

But he lasted just 35 seconds when, after coming on as a replacement, he seemed to be knocked out and missed Saturday's 17-14 Champions Cup win over Toulouse.

Haskell has now completed the protocols around concussion, a mandatory six-day graduated return, and Young is ready to throw him back in.

"He finished all his injury protocols over the weekend so he'll be available this week. We'll definitely involve him, he'll probably start - either at six or seven I'm not sure yet - but he'll definitely be involved," he said.

"He is just bursting to get out there now. We have had a lot of players who have played a lot over the last six or seven weeks so for the likes of Has to come back means we're starting to get into a better position.

"I really felt for him. He has taken a bit of stick over it and if you give it you've got to be prepared to take it. He'll be the first one to rib someone if the shoe was on the other foot. He's really eager to get out there now and hopefully get some big game time."

Eddie Jones' England squad for the Six Nations is named on Friday and Young expected Haskell to be fit for the tournament, despite spending seven months out injured prior to his aborted comeback.

"We were confident with his foot injury that he'd be back for the Six Nations. It's typical really, he comes back, plays one game for us and goes and plays in the Six Nations," Young said.

"We were never going to push him or put him under pressure to come back. He has worked really hard and it would have been nice if he'd come off the bench and been involved this week and last week as it would have been a good lead in for him. He is extremely fit and he wants to get back out on the field. I'm sure he'll play a big part in England's campaign."

Young believes Haskell has been given a new lease of life by Jones after his skipper said last year he was sidelined "as a bit of a dirty secret" by former England coach Stuart Lancaster.

"He certainly feels a lot more confident and valued in this set-up, I think that's fair to say, and his performances on the field support that and helped his case," Young said.

"He's gone out there and played some of his best stuff.

"Eddie thinks a lot of him and even when he has been injured they've invited him down. He's always been important to the squad, they value his input, and it's the same with us. Although he hasn't played, his opinion is valuable.

"He's had 35 seconds but he's trained for four weeks and come through with flying colours. It's not like playing but he'll have a bit of time this week and I'm sure they (England) will do some contact (training) there.

"In an ideal world he'll have more game time under his belt but he's experienced enough for it not to faze him. Sometimes it's more of a confidence thing but that's not something James struggles with."

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