Injury fears over No8 Nathan Hughes played down after Bath record Premiership victory over Wasps

 
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Nathan Hughes limped off before half-time as Bath beat Wasps (Source: Getty)

Wasps boss Dai Young has played down injury fears over Nathan Hughes after the No8 limped out of their 25-9 Premiership defeat to Bath at the Ricoh Arena.

Seventeen points from the boots of Rhys Priestland and Freddie Burns proved decisive for Bath, who scored a late try through wing Semesa Rokoduguni, as the visitors wrecked Wasps’ 150th anniversary celebrations.

The injury to Hughes, which forced him to leave the field in the 38th minute, did little to lighten Young’s mood, although the injury, thought to be a dead leg, is unlikely to threaten his involvement in England’s autumn campaign.

Hughes is in pole position to occupy the No8 spot against Argentina, Australia and Samoa in November after Saracens’ Billy Vunipola was ruled out until January following knee surgery.

“Nathan had quite a bad dead leg,” said Young. “He tried to run it off but couldn’t do that, so he had to go off. Hopefully Nathan will recover by next week, but we don’t know.

“The physio has said it doesn’t look any worse than a dead leg, but we haven’t had a lot of luck on that front. We’ve said it before that it will only be one week and it ends up being longer.

“But he’s certainly not looking at knee instability or anything like that, it’s purely a dead leg.”

Defeat consigned Wasps, last season’s beaten Premiership finalists, to a third successive loss which left them eighth in the table, while Bath moved to fifth after their first win in three matches.

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