7 September, 2017. By Gary Brennan. The dynamic and powerful centre only returned to action during the preseason following a serious knee injury suffered last January and was looking to push his way back into the England squad for the Autumn Test series.
Now, however, it has been reported by the Guardian that the 26-year-old suffered knee ligament damage in Leicester’s win over Bath in their opening Aviva Premiership clash at the weekend and is now facing further surgery and at least a month on the sidelines.
Having been included in the recent England training camp in August, Tuilagi, along with Denny Solomona, was sent home by coach Eddie Jones for getting drunk during the camp. The England boss did, however, leave the door open for the pair to return and it was expected that the Samoa born star had a real chance of making the squad in November.
Now, with the prospect of another month out of action, it will leave the oft injured player precious little time to recover and stake his claim in the squad for the visit of Argentina, Samoa and Australia.
This latest injury is just another setback in a growing list of ailments that has affected the explosive Tiger over the past few seasons. In addition to the serious knee injury that kept him out of action for six months earlier this year, a recurring groin injury robbed the centre of almost 18 months of action from 2014.
The Tigers will now be anxiously hoping that Tuilagi can bounce back quickly as with the Aviva Premiership season in its infancy, his presence in the centre of the field is a much-needed weapon for the Midlands side.
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