After four months on the sidelines, Andrea Masi returned to the field with a substitute appearance against London Irish before starting last weekend’s game against Gloucester. After such a long time out of the game, rustiness is inevitable but Masi says that his body is holding up well.
“My body is feeling good, I haven’t had any problems with my knee, it seems stable and everything is ok, but I need game time to get myself back into it. I just need some time to get used to the structures, to build my confidence and to get back to playing well. Game time is key for me now. When you haven’t played for a while it is normal to take a while to get back to how you were playing before. I think after four or five games I will be back at where I was before I got injured.”
“The last two games weren’t exactly the most ideal to make a comeback in. The first game against Irish wasn’t the best conditions to return from a knee injury but there was a large part of the game that was a quite slow tempo, which wasn’t a bad thing for me. The Gloucester game was a poor game for us. We have spent a good amount of time early this week looking at what we did wrong and everyone wants to bounce back with a big result against Harlequins this weekend.”
While Masi has been working his way back to full fitness, the 6 Nations competition has begun but, despite his name normally being a regular fixture in the Italian side, he claims that his main focus is, and has to be, getting things right in black and gold.
“To be honest I’m not really thinking about the 6 Nations. My priority is to be back to my 100 percent best. Obviously I want to play for my country but I want to play as well as I can and I don’t think I am quite there yet. Once I get there, if the call arrived I would be very happy but it is important for me at the moment to get back to playing as well as I can for Wasps.”
This weekend Wasps face Harlequins at the Stoop and, with just one point separating the sides in the Aviva Premiership table, Masi says that the game is a huge one.
“I would say that it is one of the biggest games of the season so far. It is a derby but it is also huge for us in terms of the league. I have never beaten Harlequins either so I am really looking forward to the game and to hopefully recording my first win over them!”
Wasps face Harlequins at The Stoop this weekend before returning to Adams Park on Saturday 15 February to play London Irish. To get tickets for the game click here.