With Telusa Veainu set for at least eight weeks on the sidelines due to the fractured jaw he picked up as a result of a collision with Munster’s Andrew Conway at the weekend, space has opened up in the Tigers’ 23 for the return fixture at Welford Road on Sunday.
In an ideal world, that collision with Veainu, which will also likely see Conway miss the Welford Road clash, would never have happened. However, Veainu’s absence is offset by the imminent return of Matt Toomua and that man, Manu Tuilagi.
Tuilagi hasn’t played since he suffered a knee injury in the season opener against Bath but having returned to training this week, both he and Toomua could line out against Munster on Sunday which would be a huge boost to the club who are on the hunt for revenge after their drubbing at the hands of Johann van Graan’s side.
“The medics are very, very happy with Manu’s knee,” O’Connor told The Guardian.
“They think he is well and truly over that and it is just the rigours of being back and playing. We would be a lot less concerned about his knee than the rest of him, just because he hasn’t done it.”
Leicester’s team should be named tomorrow, along with Munster’s so it will certainly be interesting to see if Tuilagi or Toomua can make it in. Wallaby hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau could also be called upon as he was added to the Tigers’ Champions Cup squad this week.
Considering the nature of the defeat to Munster in Limerick at the weekend, O’Connor may well just include some of the aforementioned trio in his plans to pull off a win at Welford Road on Sunday.