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Gareth Anscombe’s concerning situation ‘delicately poised’ as Wales star set to be missing until 2021

Wales fly-half Gareth Anscombe is unlikely to be seen on a rugby field any time soon as he continues to battle back from injury.

The mercurial playmaker suffered a serious knee injury in Wales’ 2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up match against England last August in innocuous circumstances.

It was an injury that came four months after his move from the Cardiff Blues to the Ospreys was confirmed.

He required surgery and has now been sidelined for almost 12 months, with the situation now described as ‘delicately poised’ and ‘complicated’ by new Ospreys boss Toby Booth.

It seems the rehabilitation process still has a long way to go.

“He’s delicately poised. He’s not going to be around for the short term, that’s for certain,” said Booth.

“He needs to tick a lot of markers. It’s been a very long, elaborate and complicated situation.

“I’m not going to go into details from a medical point of view because I don’t know enough about it but I’m obviously interested in having the best players available to the Ospreys.

“I don’t see him featuring for us in the short term. It’s a nasty one and it’s unfortunate.

“I feel for Gareth and I’m in constant contact with him. I’m involving him where I can from a mental health point of view to make that he feels connected to the group.

“The psychology of injuries are as dangerous as the physical aspect. We want him to get back, as everyone does, as soon as possible.”

It looks unlikely Anscombe will be back in action before the end of the year, which would see him miss the start of the Ospreys 2020/21 campaign and Wales’ hectic autumn schedule.

When asked if he expected Anscombe back at some point next season, Booth replied: “I hope so.

“Because of the social distancing, we’ve been training him remotely.

“He’s doing bits and pieces but it’s very, very slow.”

“There’s no point [in rushing Anscombe back], the time has already been and gone.

“The question for Gareth and his long term health is his reaction to the stresses that we put him under and we’re certainly airing on the side of caution in relation to getting him back so he can stay back.”

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