Wasps and Australia utility back Kurtley Beale says being sidelined with a knee injury for over six months has been "one of the toughest periods" of his life.
Beale was carried off while representing Waratahs in a Super Rugby meeting with Bulls last May, tearing his patella tendon from his patella after contesting a high ball.
The 27-year-old had hoped to make his Premiership debut for Wasps in November but remains without a return date, and he admits it has been difficult to cope.
Beale told Omnisport: "It's definitely been one of the toughest periods of my life so far. The injury was a huge setback and coming to a new club overseas it comes with some challenges.
"Obviously, for me, my best work is out on the pitch and not doing that when I first arrived it is a bit hard to cope with.
"I'm doing everything I can at the moment to understand what's happening around the place, working hard in my rehab to try and get back on the pitch as fast as I can.
"Not at this stage [is there a return date]. It's just important to focus on my training and not get too far ahead of myself.
"It's a big injury I've had and it's a matter of working hard and trying to tick all the boxes and then I'm sure when I feel confident and closer to a date I'll get that announced."