Wasps centre Jimmy Gopperth’s season has ended early, despite only featuring for 20 minutes in his first game of the season last Saturday.
The 35-year-old has shared on Instagram that he dislocated and broke his thumb in the first tackle of his comeback game against Saracens at the Ricoh Arena. The former Hurricanes and Blues player only came on in the 57th minute, but will play no further part in Wasps’ season.
This is what he shared:
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Well that wasn’t the plan!!?Unfortunately with my 1st tackle of the year I also dislocated and broke my thumb. Absolutely gutted not to be involved for the rest of the season with the boys. On a positive note… I was so happy with how my knee felt all the hard work has paid off and now I can keep working hard to hit next season fitter and stronger with a years rest behind me I can’t wait!!! Bring on 2019/2020 ?
This is terrible news for Gopperth, who had missed the entire season up until Saturday with an ACL injury sustained in the summer. Although Wasps only have two games remaining this season, this is still bad luck and a dent in Wasps’ hopes of making the playoffs.
However, unlike the knee injury, his thumb injury will not prevent him from playing next season, where he seems confident to bounce back after what will be a year with only 20 minutes of rugby.
Gopperth is also remaining upbeat, saying that his knee felt good, which is one of the few positives that he and Wasps fans can take. After a year’s rest, the Kiwi is hoping that he can return “fitter and stronger” next season.
Only yesterday had Gopperth posted a message on social media thanking everyone for their support whilst he battled his knee injury, and this seems like the very cruelest of luck that he will be prevented from playing again until late 2019.
Wasps lost the game on Saturday against Saracens, leaving them four points behind fourth place Northampton with two games remaining. It was hoped that Gopperth would be an uplifting addition to the Wasps squad for the denouement of the season, as he has been sorely missed. But it looks as though Dai Young’s men will have to continue without him as they have all season.
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