Aviva Premiership - Tuilagi injury blow for Leicester

Thu, 27 Oct 13:02:00 2011

England and Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken cheekbone.

England and Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi - 0

The 20-year-old suffered the injury in a clash of heads during Leicester's LV= Cup victory over Gloucester on Friday.

Tuilagi returned to club action, after his World Cup involvement, in the Gloucester win and scored a try in an impressive performance before being substituted after colliding with Scott Lawson.

Tuilagi's setback is a another injury blow for Leicester, who are second from bottom of the Premiership table with only one league victory from their opening six games.

Fellow centre Anthony Allen is expected to be out for three months after suffering a thumb injury in a DIY accident while midfielder Mathew Tait has aggravated a groin injury and will not be back in action until December.

"Our luck is not getting any better, is it?" Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury ahead of Friday's league game at Sale.

"Manu's was just one of those things in a collision. It's a straightforward break and he will be out for six weeks.

"Ant (Allen) was doing some DIY at home and cut his thumb. He has had surgery and it will take three months to heal."

Tuilagi, one of the stars of England's disappointing World Cup campaign on the pitch, had an eventful time off it in New Zealand.

He was formally warned by police and fined 3,000 by the Rugby Football Union for jumping from a ferry in Auckland while he was also fined 4,800 by the Rugby World Cup for wearing a sponsored mouthguard during the victory over Georgia.


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