Jacob Umaga has not suffered a broken cheekbone as rumoured on social media – but will miss Wasps’ return to Heineken Champions Cup action this weekend.
The fly-half shared a story on his Instagram account following Wasps’ defeat to Newcastle Falcons which highlighted a heavily swollen left cheek.
Many Wasps supporters feared the 22-year-old had suffered serious damage but those concerns were allayed by Wasps assistant attack coach Martin Gleeson.
However, Gleeson’s update did confirm Umaga would be missing for Saturday’s trip to the Dragons for the first round of Heineken Champions Cup action. It is the second head injury Umaga has suffered this season after a late blow suffered against Bristol in round one prevented his involvement in the defeat to Gloucester.
“Nothing is broken but he [Umaga] will miss this weekend’s game with another HIA,” said Gleeson. “We’ve lost four this week with another four HIAs so our squad has been tested.”
Second rows James Gaskell and Levi Douglas clashed heads inside the first minute of Saturday’s 27-17 Ricoh Arena defeat to Newcastle Falcons. Gaskell’s afternoon was over, however, Douglas returned 10 minutes later to complete the match and mark his first Wasps start with a try with the final play of the game.
“We lost the two second rows in the first minute of the game which didn’t help,” said Gleeson. “I don’t think those boys will be able to make it this week. Potentially one of them, and there’s another one as well as that. We’re counting our wounded at the minute but that’s just the nature of the sport.”
The fourth player to suffer a blow to the head against the Falcons was back row Ben Morris, who made 16 tackles and won three turnovers in an impressive display before being replaced by loan signing Josh Caulfield with six minutes remaining.
“Ben Morris, he came in and went really, really well, he was really tough, he had a right dig, he stepped up,” added Gleeson. “He’s one we’re just checking on. It’s going to be tight but I think they’ll struggle.”