THE European Rugby Champions Cup play-offs will come too soon for Christian Wade to make his return.

The Wasps winger hasn’t played since injuring his ankle playing against London Irish at the end of November and was hoping to return to action in time for England’s summer tour to New Zealand.

But director of rugby Dai Young always thought that was optimistic and while he stresses there are no glitches in Wade’s recovery, he says Wade won’t play in either match against Stade Francais.

Wasps host Stade on Sunday, May 17 before going to Paris on Saturday, May 24.