Bath centre Joseph reveals chest muscle was ruptured
Jonathan Joseph has revealed that he played in England's World Cup games against Australia and Uruguay with only one third of his chest muscle still attached to the bone.
The Bath centre's return from surgery against Northampton last weekend was a full month ahead of schedule and he makes his second club appearance of the season in tomorrow's Champions Cup clash with Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, which is in Leinster's group.
Joseph's pectoral muscle was torn during the World Cup opener against Fiji and he was subsequently ruled out of the pivotal showdown with Wales, resulting in a panicked overhaul of England's midfield.
He appeared to heal quickly and started against Australia before stepping off the bench in the Uruguay game. It was only when the injury was then scanned upon his return to the Recreation Ground that the extent of the damage was understood.
"I felt something in my pec and wasn't too happy about it as I'd done the other pec before and it felt a little bit similar," Joseph said. "I did rehab on it, missed Wales and then hit all my targets lifting in the gym.
"I did everything needed as far as reaction work was concerned, strapped it and managed to play against Australia and Uruguay with no dramas.
"When I got back to Bath, they had a little play with it. I had felt something in there during the Uruguay week but wasn't too concerned.
"Bath had it scanned and in fact I only had about a third of the muscle still attached.
"Although I could feel it against Australia and Uruguay, it wasn't too bad. I was aware of it, it was strapped but I managed to tackle all right."