Leicester Tigers and England have been boosted by the news that Ben Youngs’ knee injury is not a worse as originally feared.
Youngs damaged his knee ligaments in England’s opening Six Nations win over Italy in Rome and the severity of the injury was all too clear at the time due to the audible scream let out by the international scrum-half as he hit the deck.
England confirmed that he ruptured his MCL in his left knee and that he would be ruled out of the remainder of the NatWest 6 Nations.
That will still be the case but it was expected that due to the severity of the injury, Youngs would unlikely play a part in the remainder of the season, including England’s tour of South Africa in June.
However, according to Sam Peters of The Independent, the injury isn’t as bad as initially feared and that the 28-year-old should return “within 6-8 weeks.”
According to the report, Leicester medical staff are much more optimistic about his recovery which means that Youngs should be available for the end of the Premiership season, including England’s end of season tour to South Africa.
The Tigers got a much-needed victory over Harlequins at Welford Road on Saturday which brings them up to seventh in the league table, just five points off that last elusive playoff spot which is currently occupied by Gloucester.
If the Tigers can manage to sneak into those playoff positions, Youngs could return for a possible Premiership semi-final.
Next up for Matt O’Connor’s side is a tough trip to Allianz Park to take on league-leaders Saracens on Sunday.